VE Day 70th Anniversary Celebrations, Huddersfield, 8-10 May 2015


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VE Day 70

To mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day, three days  of national festivities were planned from 8-10 May 2015. Huddersfield Veterans attended the following:
   
  • Friday, 8th May: 14.45, Commemorative service at Greehead Park with two minutes silence at 15.00.
  • Friday, 8th May: 21.30, Becon lighting at Castle Hill. Part of a national chain of beacons for the 70th anniversary of VE Day.
  • Saturday, 9th May: 10.15, VE Day commemorative service at Huddersfield Parish Church.  The Mayor of Kirklees gave a speech in St Peter's Gardens on completion and the church bells were rung at 11.00.
  • Sunday, 10th May@ 15.30, Tolson Heritage Memorial Garden Dedication. Formal dedication by the Bishop of Huddersfield to honour the local men and women who died serving their country.
Greenhead Park,
08 May 2015
Greenhead Park,
08 May 2015
Greenhead Park,
08 May 2015
Greenhead Park,
08 May 2015
Greenhead Park,
08 May 2015
Greenhead Park,
08 May 2015
Greenhead Park,
08 May 2015
Greenhead Park,
08 May 2015
Victory in Europe (VE) Day was the public holiday celebrated on 8th May 1945 to mark the formal acceptance of Nazi Germany's unconditional surrender, by the Allied Forces and the end of WWII in Europe. People across Yorkshire joined the rest of the UKto share a moment of relief and euphoria that war in Europe was finally over.

Locally, Winston Churchill's broadcast was relayed by loudspeakers from the town halls in Kirklees and an abundance of flags and bunting adorned the many towns, villages and public buildings in the area. Local communities held street parties and lit victory bonfires whilst the church bells rang out and services of thanksgiving and remembrance were held.

VE Day Facts

  • VE Day stands for Victory in Europe.
    It was the public holiday on 8 May 1945 to mark the defeat of Nazi Germany by the Allied Forces in World War Two.
  • Germany's unconditional surrender was signed in Rheims at 2.41 pm on 7 May 1945 and stated that active operations by German Forces would cease by 11.01 pm the next day.
  • At 3.00 pm on 8 May, the Prime Minister, Winston Churchill broadcast to the nation that the war in Europe was over.
  • Crowds gathered outside Buckingham Palace waiting for the Royal Family to make an appearance on the balcony - they made eight appearances throughout the day.
  • More than one million people celebrated with street parties and bonfires across the cities, towns and villages in the UK.
  • For the first time since the beginning of the war, public buildings were floodlit and church bells were rung.
  • Although a public holiday, the Ministry of Food asked that grocers, bakers and other food traders remained open "to enable the public to obtain their essential minimum food supplies".
  • VE Day did not mark the end of World War Two as fighting continued in Japan and the Far East. Japan didn't surrender until 15 August 1945, finally bringing World War Two to a close. This is celebrated as V-J Day (Victory over Japan).
Castle Hill,
08 May 2015
Castle Hill,
08 May 2015
Castle Hill,
08 May 2015
Castle Hill,
08 May 2015
Castle Hill,
08 May 2015
Castle Hill,
08 May 2015
Castle Hill,
08 May 2015
St Peter's Church,
09 May 2015
St Peter's Church,
09 May 2015
St Peter's Church,
09 May 2015
St Peter's Church,
09 May 2015
St Peter's Church,
09 May 2015
St Peter's Church,
09 May 2015
St Peter's Church,
09 May 2015
St Peter's Church,
09 May 2015
St Peter's Church,
09 May 2015
St Peter's Church,
09 May 2015
St Peter's Church,
09 May 2015
St Peter's Church,
09 May 2015
St Peter's Church,
09 May 2015

Friends of Tolson Museum
& Ravensknowle Park


Heritage Memorial Garden

The  'Friends' have now started a Gardening Club and have already held a couple of meetings. Durning their last meeting they did some weeding and tidying up, planted some snowdrops, and planned some roses behind the 'performance' area. The 'Friends' intend to improve the grassed areas at their next meeting.

The Sea Cadets have agreed to look after the main part of the garden. There are three smaller beds and pupils from Netherhall Learning Campus. King James High School, and the 'Friends' will be looking after each of these beds.
Tolson Museum,
10 May 2015
Tolson Museum,
10 May 2015
Tolson Museum,
10 May 2015
Tolson Museum,
10 May 2015
Tolson Museum,
10 May 2015
Tolson Museum,
10 May 2015
Tolson Museum,
10 May 2015
Tolson Museum,
10 May 2015
Tolson Museum,
10 May 2015
Tolson Museum,
10 May 2015
Tolson Museum,
10 May 2015
Tolson Museum,
10 May 2015
Tolson Museum,
10 May 2015
Tolson Museum,
10 May 2015
Tolson Museum,
10 May 2015
Tolson Museum,
10 May 2015
Tolson Museum,
10 May 2015
Tolson Museum,
10 May 2015
Tolson Museum,
10 May 2015
Tolson Museum,
10 May 2015
Tolson Museum,
10 May 2015
Tolson Museum,
10 May 2015
Tolson Museum,
10 May 2015
Tolson Museum,
10 May 2015
Tolson Museum,
10 May 2015
Tolson Museum,
10 May 2015
Tolson Museum,
10 May 2015
Tolson Museum,
10 May 2015

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