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Gravesend to hold VE Day anniversary ceremony

PUBLISHED: 12:05 13 April 2015 | UPDATED: 12:05 13 April 2015

VE Day celebrations   Photo: R J Salmon/Getty Images

VE Day celebrations Photo: R J Salmon/Getty Images

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Entertainment and exhibition to mark 70th anniversary

Gravesend will be celebrating the 70th anniversary of VE Day with a ceremony next month.

The beacon on Windmill Hill will be lit at 9.30pm on Friday, May 8, coinciding with ceremonies in more than 100 other boroughs and cities.

There will also be a commemorative event in the Fort Gardens on Saturday, May 9 from 11.30am to 2.30pm. There will be 1940s-style entertainment, including performances from the Swingtime Sweethearts and Medway Lindy Hoppers, and a thanksgiving service which will closely mirror the service which took place there on VE Day itself. The service will be led by Canon Chris Stone, the rector of St George’s Church.

There will also be an exhibition on the Second World War at Milton Chantry, organised by the Gravesend Historical Society.

If you or anyone in your family remembers going to the 1945 service, Gravesham Borough Council would love to hear from you. Call 01474 337442 or email artsandheritage@gravesham.gov.uk.

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