SLIDESHOW: Three events to mark VE Day’s 70th anniversary

Three events across Crawley marked the 70 anniversary of VE Day.

May 8 commemorated the day which celebrated the end of six years of war across Europe.



In Crawley the day began with a service in the Memorial Gardens organised by the Royal British Legion.

A 1940s vintage style tea party was hosted by The Mayor of Crawley, Cllr Brenda Smith, at the TA Centre in Kilnmead, Northgate.

There was tea and cake, and nostalgic music to dance to.

A two-minute silence was held at 3pm in the Town Hall.

At 9.32pm the mayor lit the Tilgate Park Beacon accompanied by a young cadet and a veteran who read a tribute to all service personnel, past and present.

The beacon was last lit in 2012 to mark The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee during a national weekend of celebrations.