Crawley beacon to be lit to remember VE Day

The Diamond Jubilee beacon in Tilgate Park ENGSUS00120120506095332

The Diamond Jubilee beacon in Tilgate Park ENGSUS00120120506095332

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The Tilgate Park beacon will be lit and a two-minute silence held to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

Crawley Borough Council has announced a number of events to mark VE Day (Victory in Europe) on Friday May 8.

The commemoration will start with a service in the Memorial Gardens, organised by the Royal British Legion. The time of the service is to be confirmed.

The two-minute silence will be held at the town hall, The Boulevard, at 3pm.

At 4pm, Crawley mayor Brenda Smith will host a 1940s vintage-style tea party at the Territorial Army Centre in Kilnmead, Northgate.

All proceeds will go to her charity, Crawley Alzheimers.

The mayor will be joined by a cadet and a veteran when she lights the beacon in Tilgate Park at 9.32pm.

A tribute will be read to service personnel, past and present.