Kirklees residents urged to mark VE day from their doorsteps

The council is asking everyone to raise a glass on their doorsteps at 3pm on Friday.

Commemorations for the 75th anniversary of VE Day WILL still go ahead in Kirklees – but residents across the borough will be encouraged to raise a toast to heroes from their doorsteps.

And Huddersfield’s iconic landmark Victoria Tower on Castle Hill will be lit up in red, white and blue to remember the allies’ victory in Europe on May 8, 1945.

The town of Mirfield would have led Kirklees’ VE Day-related activities on May 8.

However the coronavirus pandemic has meant a re-ordering of plans by the town council’s Armistice and Memorial Committee and the local branch of the Royal British Legion.

The Union flag will be flown in Mirfield from 3pm on May 8 to coincide with what would have been national times across the country.

At 9pm on Friday BBC One will be featuring a singalong of the 1943 wartime classic ‘We’ll Meet Again’ made famous by Dame Vera Lynn as part of its VE Day 75: The People’s Celebration broadcast.

The song will be led by Dame Vera , now aged 103, from a window at her home in Sussex.

In Kirklees residents will be able to enjoy an online performance of the song by local singer Julia Wood live from Castle Hill.

Everyone is encouraged to join in singing ‘We’ll Meet Again’ from their doorsteps.

From 9pm to 11pm Victoria Tower will be illuminated in red, white and blue via searchlights. The town halls in Dewsbury, Batley and Cleckheaton will also be lit up as a mark of respect.

Recognising the changes that the Covid-19 lockdown has brought to all aspects of daily life during recent weeks the Mayor of Mirfield, Clr Martyn Bolt, who also sits on Kirklees Council, said: “It’s obvious that we can’t do what we wanted to do to mark VE Day.

“But we are encouraging people to be on their doorsteps at 3pm and to take part in the Nation’s Toast to Heroes – to raise a glass and cheer.

“As they do that we in Mirfield will be reading out the proclamation and raising the flag.”


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