VE Day 75 Celebrations at East Court
Friday 8 May has been designated as a Bank Holiday to mark the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day, the unconditional surrender by Germany that brought a formal end to World War II in Europe.
This anniversary will provide an opportunity to reflect on the enormous sacrifice, courage and determination of people who lived through this dark and terrifying period. It is likely to be the last at which those who actually served in the war will be present in any significant numbers.
To mark this landmark in the country’s history, the Town Council will be hosting a free VE Day commemoration event at East Court. From 4pm 1940s style entertainment will be provided in the Meridian Piazza. Food stalls and a pay bar will be available.
At 6.55pm town criers around the world will take part in a special international Cry for Peace, and at 7pm East Grinstead church bells will be rung in celebration of peace and friendship.
Entertainment will continue throughout the evening until 8.30pm. The event will finish with a firework display set to music at 9pm.