People in Northampton are being invited to apply to hold street parties and attend a special town centre service to mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day in May.
Townsfolk are invited to attend a ceremony On Friday May 8 at All Saints Church in Mercers Row, to commemorate the end of World War Two in Europe in 1945.
Northampton Borough Council has also drafted guides for anyone interested in applying to hold a street party, which it says will make it ‘as easy as possible’ to host an event.
Leader of Northampton Borough Council, Councillor David Mackintosh, (Con, Rectory Farm) said: “We want to encourage communities to come together to celebrate this occasion.
“There are a lot of myths about what you can and can’t do, but holding a community event is really quite easy.
“The 70th anniversary of VE Day is an opportunity to bring people of all ages together and it will be great to see events happening locally.”
The All Saints service will be lead by mayor of Northampton councillor John Caswell alongside councillors, town dignitaries and representatives of the Royal British Legion Northampton branch.
Members of the public who want to go along are asked to be seated by 1.45pm.
At 3pm there will be a two minute silence in the memorial gardens behind All Saints’ to coincide with a national silence marking the moment Winston Churchill formally announced the end of the war.
Guides on street parties and fireworks are available to download from Northampton Borough Council’s website at www.northampton.gov.uk/ve-day-street-party-guide
It gives us the chance to commemorate the brave service personnel who returned from World War Two, but most of all to remember those who didn’t make it homePhil York
The authority says the guides are intended to make is “as easy as possible for communities to mark the occasion with street parties and community events,” and include advice on attaining a licence for the occasion.
Chairman of the Royal British Legion Northampton branch Phil York, said: “We are looking forward to attend the service on May 8, as it gives us the chance to commemorate the brave service personnel who returned from World War Two, but most of all to remember those who didn’t make it home.”