A beacon will be lit in Northampton on Friday to mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day.
The special gas-fuelled beacon, on the green outside St Peter’s Church in Black Lion Hill, was produced for VE Day this year and has a unique burner head in the shape of a V for victory.
More than 200 beacons will be lit at 9.32pm throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands and Isle of Man, following the lighting of the principal beacon outside Windsor Castle by Her Majesty The Queen.
VE Day marks the official end of hostilities in Europe for the Second World War on 8 May 1945, following the formal unconditional surrender of German Forces. It was an occasion of national celebration, yet also one of sombre reflection for those who would not return.
This anniversary will celebrate the achievements of the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and the allies in their victory overseas and on the Home Front, but will also pay tribute to the 580,406 UK and Commonwealth Forces and 67,073 UK civilians who lost their lives during six long years of conflict.
Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR, Pageantmaster of the VE Day 70th Anniversary Beacons said: “VE Day on the 8 May represents a further important milestone in the history of our country. It was on this day, 70 years ago, that peace brought an end to nearly six years of war across Europe. We must not let this day pass without reflecting on the sacrifice, courage and determination of the people who saw us through this dark period.”
Her Majesty The Queen has agreed to light the first Beacon outside Windsor Castle. This will be followed by two further Beacons being lit along the Long Walk in Windsor Great Park, just before the lighting of the other two hundred plus beacons throughout the United Kingdom.