Mayor to lead VE Day tributes 

Town Hall

The Mayor of Bolton will be leading Bolton’s VE Day commemorations on Friday 8 May to mark the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe.

The VE Day service will be conducted in Victoria Square at 3pm by the Vicar of Bolton, Reverend Matt Thompson. The Mayor of Bolton and veterans will then lay wreaths on the Cenotaph.

The Last Post will be played followed by a two minute silence.

Councillor Martin Donaghy, Mayor of Bolton said: “I am looking forward to leading the service and seeing all of Bolton represented. VE Day is an important date in the year's calendar as it gives us all a chance to commemorate the end of the war in Europe. This year is even more significant, as it marks 70 years since the day when victory was declared in Europe. I would encourage all Boltonians to show their support and come along to the event.”

At 9.32pm, a World War II veteran will read a tribute on Victoria Square, which will be read simultaneously across the country. A beacon in the shape of a ‘V’ will then be lit on the roof of The Wellsprings building, opposite the Town Hall.

Over 200 Beacons will be lit 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.

Residents are invited to attend the VE Day ceremony at 3pm, or the reading of the tribute and lighting of the beacon at 9.32pm.


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