Hull Commemorating 70th Anniversary of VE Day With Events At Various Locations

Hull is to join other cities across the UK in commemorating the 70th Anniversary of VE Day over this weekend.

The main commemoration event will take place at 9:30 on Friday night when Lord Mayor, Coun Mary Glew will light a commemorative beacon, that will burn for one hour, in Queen Victoria Square.

The Freedom Flame Committee are to hold an invitation only event at Holy Trinity Church on Friday evening with guests including Lady Arabella Stuart-Smith, grand-daughter of Field Marshall Sir Bernard Montgomery and Bill Millin, son of WWII piper John Millin.

Other events will include a WWII Street Party from 10am to 4pm on Saturday at Hull History Centre on Worship Street. Families are invited to bring picnics to the event where there will also be a display of the centre’s extensive archives.

The History Centre is also having free craft and lego activities for children and a WWII play performed by pupils from Chiltern Street School on Saturday.

Another event on Saturday will see a Spitfire give a spectacular 15-minute display over the Humber at 12pm with members of the public encouraged to visit the Marina for a prime view and to hear a few words of remembrance from Coun Glew.

A 1940s themed event will take place in East Park on Sunday from 11am to 4pm. This free event will include live music by the Frank Cleveland Band and Swing Dancers along with free attractions like Donkey Rides, Children’s Rides and Crazy Golf and a competition for anybody in 1940s fancy dress.

Another event, although not council arranged, is a special advanced screening of blockbuster film A Royal Night Out, part of which was filmed in Hull last year. The film, set on VE Day, is being shown at 7.30pm on Friday at Vue cinema.

There is also a wartime display at the History Centre which will be free to visit until the end of June.

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