Virtual VE Day 75 celebrations in Ards and North Down

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‘Virtual’ VE Day 75 celebrations will take place in Ards and North Down. (Image taken at a memorial in Millisle, Co. Down.)

Ards and North Down Borough Council is encouraging residents across the borough to join in with a host of virtual VE Day 75 celebrations from the comfort of their own homes this Friday, May 8.

It will be 75 years since the guns fell silent at the end of the Second World War in Europe and this special anniversary will provide the people of Ards and North Down with an opportunity to remember those who made tremendous sacrifices, both at home and abroad.

Virtual celebrations will be held across the UK and to help kick off the proceedings, residents can take part by designing their own bunting.

Designs should be submitted via the council’s social media channels by May 7 and the best will be displayed online during the 75th anniversary.

Today (Thursday, May 7), North Down Museum will sound its Second World War siren at 8pm to coincide with ‘Clap for our Carers’ while tomorrow (Friday) will be dedicated to all those who made sacrifices during the war.

Residents will be encouraged to observe a two-minute silence at 11am before taking part in a national toast at 3pm.

People across the country will ‘raise a glass’ at home and will have an opportunity to see a local piper play via the council’s social media channels.

To complete the day, the Royal British Legion is encouraging everyone to take part in a UK-wide singalong to Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll Meet Again’ at 9pm.

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