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Clitheroe Castle Gun Salute to Commemorate VE Day

Published Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Ribble Valley is to mark 70 years since the end of the Second World War with a gun salute from Clitheroe Castle.

Three days of national commemorations marking the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, or VE Day, will start on Friday 8 May.

Commemorative events will take place throughout the UK, including a star-studded concert in central London, street parties and services of thanksgiving.

VE Day heralded the biggest street party in history, with more than a million people in the UK alone taking to the streets to celebrate the end of the Second World War.

Princess Elizabeth, later Queen Elizabeth II, and her sister, Princess Margaret, famously took part in the celebrations incognito in central London. Their partying is the subject of a blockbuster movie, A Royal Night Out, starring Rupert Everett and Emily Watson, to be released on 15 May.

Ribble Valley will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of the war with a gun salute from Clitheroe Castle on Friday 8 May at 3pm, followed by a two-minute silence marking the moment Winston Churchill broadcast his historic speech formally announcing the end of the war.

Ribble Valley Mayor Michael Ranson said: “I am delighted that we are marking the end of the Second World War and paying tribute to those who did so much to defend our country and ensure victory in Europe.

“It is right that we take time to reflect on the sacrifices made by those in the Armed Forces and civilians, such as the Land Girls, whose heroic efforts ensured that our public services and food supplies continued, as well as reflect on continued peace in Europe.

“I hope Ribble Valley residents will help us commemorate this landmark anniversary by taking part in the two-minute silence.”

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