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Mayors of Cambridge and Heidelberg to link up for VE Day commemoration broadcast

News release from 29/04/2020

THE MAYOR of Cambridge, Cllr Gerri Bird, and her counterpart, Lord Mayor Prof. Dr. Würzner from Cambridge’s twin city of Heidelberg in Germany, are linking up for a virtual service to be broadcast on local radio for the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

The service is being broadcast on community radio station Cambridge 105 from 2.55pm on Friday 8 May and will last approximately one hour. It has been organised and will be led by Padre Jonathan Knight of the Royal British Legion in Cambridgeshire and will feature readings, music, speeches and a one minute silence.

Earlier this month Cambridgeshire Royal British Legion explained that, because of the coronavirus pandemic, all previously planned events to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day, which signalled the end of World War II in Europe in 1945, were being cancelled.

It is now looking to mark the 75th anniversary alongside the annual Remembrance Day events on 8 November. Cambridge BID have also cancelled plans for a street party to mark VE Day on 8 May.

The council is encouraging residents to pause to remember the contribution of British, Commonwealth and Allied armed forces personnel in the Second World War, during the special VE Day Bank Holiday on Friday 8 May.

Residents can also mark the occasion at home, and the government has compiled some online resources to download, including tips for hosting a tea party at home, colouring, bunting and creative challenges for children. For more details visit https://ve-vjday75.gov.uk/get-involved/

Cllr Gerri Bird, Mayor of Cambridge, said: “I’m sure the people of Cambridge will wish to join me in marking this momentous anniversary, whether that is by tuning in to the live service on Cambridge 105, or by holding a party with members of their own household.

“While it is disappointing that the VE Day Anniversary cannot be commemorated as expected, I do hope that Cambridge residents use the bank holiday weekend to remember the sacrifices of so many in the Second World War.”