VE Day celebrations in Louth

Winston Churchill waves to the crowds on VE Day. Picture: Imperial War Museum SUS-150330-170053003
Winston Churchill waves to the crowds on VE Day. Picture: Imperial War Museum SUS-150330-170053003

Along with communities throughout the United Kingdom, the Parish of Louth is marking the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe with a number of events over the three days.

On Friday May 8 – the anniversary itself – there will be a VE Day-themed street party at Trinity Centre. This is part of a regular programme of Friday lunchtime events, and will include a visit by students from Lacey Gardens School and entertainment evocative of VE Day.

A formal Act of Remembrance will take place in St James’ Church at 3pm, where attendees will join the national call for two minutes silence. This will take place in St Stephen’s Chapel within the Parish Church of St James, which became the town’s war memorial chapel at the end of the First World War.

Members of the community are invited to join the clergy of the Parish and members of the Town Council and Royal British Legion at this event.

With the focus changing to celebration, the church’s bells will be rung during the day on Saturday, and the weekend’s events will be rounded off with a service at 10am in St James’ on Sunday May 10, during which there will be prayers of thanksgiving to mark the anniversary. Again, members of the community are invited to join in this service.