Soldiers and dignitaries mark VE Day 70th anniversary with silence

A service has taken place in Northampton to mark the 70th anniversary of victory over the Nazis.

Public dignitaries and soldiers joined members of the public at All Saints’ Church this afternoon for a service of thanksgiving and remembrance of the original Victory in Europe Day, May 1945.

Readings given inside took up the theme of carrying on the spirit of that day for those that were absent.

Father David McConkey, parish priest said: “Few of the people who fought are here to celebrate this occasion of thanksgiving.

“It therefore behooves us born since to remmeber with gratitude those who gallantly and bravely bequeathed us freedom.”

After the service, the congregation gathered in front of the war memorial to hear the Ode to Remembrance and, along with the rest of the country, observe the two minute silence.

Warrant officer Adrian Leah - of 104 Battalion REME, which is now based in Northampton at Clare Street, The Mounts - was there representing modern day servicemen.

He said: “With nobody here today who fought for our freedom, it falls on our shoulders, as the local regiment, to remember their deeds.”