VE Day programme for Pont

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Moves are underway in Ponteland to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day.

Like many other authorities across the UK, Ponteland Town Council is co-ordinating activities for the local area.

VE Day was the public holiday celebrated on May 8, 1945, to mark the formal acceptance by the Allies of Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender of its armed forces, which resulted in the end of the Second World War in Europe.

At a recent meeting, councillors gave their approval for flowers to be laid on the afternoon of Friday, May 8 at the oak on Coates Green that was planted to commemorate this day (this area was tidied up earlier in the year) and the beacon to be lit on the top of St Mary’s Church from about 9.30pm.

It is hoped that the bells will be rung at the church at 11am the following day.

The council has contacted local businesses, schools and organisations. If an organisation was willing to put something together that was open to the whole community, the authority agreed that it would make a small contribution towards that event.