Beacon will be lit on the evening of VE Day 70th anniversary

Details of three days of 70th anniversary VE Day celebrations in Uckfield

Celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day will take place in Uckfield .

Events have been arranged by the Uckfield branch of the Royal British Legion, in conjunction with the town council.

The Picture House will be marking the day with a special film screening and celebrations in its restaurant.

VE Day marked the end of the war in Europe although World War Two did not officially end for another three months until the Japanese surrendered.

VJ Day will also be officially marked in Uckfield.

What’s happening and where

In Uckfield, on Friday, May 8, at 3pm a maroon will be fired in the town centre to signal the start of two minutes’ silence.  Another maroon will sound at the end of the two minutes.

Outside the town’s Civic Centre a war veteran will then raise the Union Flag.

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Norman Mayers

Norman Mayers, the Royal British Legion branch secretary, has called on everyone in town to join in the two minutes of silence.

Winston Churchill’s speeches

On Friday evening, from 8pm, at the town’s Victoria Pleasure Ground, residents are invited to attend a special event, linked to similar events across the country.

Soup, bread, teas and coffee will be served free of charge while music from the 1940s and Winston Churchill’s VE Day speeches are played.

At 8.45pm, there will be an opportunity for community singing of a couple of popular World War Two songs, led by members of Uckfield Singers.

Lighting of the beacon

At about 9.20pm a trumpeter will sound a fanfare, a war veteran will read a special tribute, followed by the blessing of  the  town’s beacon, which will be lit by the town mayor at 9.32pm precisely as part of a sequence of beacons being lit throughout the country.

Finally, there will be a small fireworks display.

On Saturday, May 9, at 11am church bells will peal out across the town, at the same time as they did in 1945.

On Sunday, May 10, there will be a special church service at Holy Cross Church from 9.30am.

One of the organisers of the events, Jeremy Hallett, said: “The events are a celebration of peace, whilst reflecting on the sacrifice, courage and sheer determination of the people who saw this country through a very dark period.”

At The Picture House

The Picture House, Uckfield, is organising its own VE Day celebrations on Friday, May 8.

Residents are asked to come along in their best 1940s-style “bib and tucker” to see an exclusive advanced screening of ‘A Royal Night Out’.  It is, according to the film’s promotional material:

The story of two teenage sisters allowed out to join the party for the first time and have an amazing adventure. But these two sisters just happen to be Princesses, Elizabeth and Margaret! 

A still from the film to be shown at the Picture House on the 70th anniversary of VE Day

A still from the VE Day film to be shown at the Picture House

Trevor Da Silva, screenplay writer of ‘A Royal Night Out’ will introduce the film.

Military re-enactors will be at the cinema to give an authentic feeling to the screening.

The revelries will carry on at The Picture House Restaurant with a chance to try some swing dance courtesy of The Charleston Jive Squad who will be here to take you through some moves and spin some hits of the time. You will be able to Lindy Hop, Jive or Balboa to all your favourite 1940s’ sounds.

Nicolette Howard, spokesperson for The Picture House, said: “If dancing’s not your thing then just come along for the party atmosphere or sip a Spitfire Ale and have a meal, our full menu will be available plus our specials board will have a VE Day twist. So let’s party like it’s 1945!

Film starts: 6.30pm Tickets £8.50.

VE Day Party: 8m Free

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