Leeds falls silent to mark VE Day’s 70th anniversary

Veterans join the Lord Mayor of Leeds and deputy lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Michael Fox, to mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day.
Veterans join the Lord Mayor of Leeds and deputy lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Michael Fox, to mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day.
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LEEDS fell silent today as people across the city marked the 70th anniversary of VE Day.

Events were held across Leeds today to commemorate 70 years since the end of the Second World War in Europe.

Veterans mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day.

Veterans mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day.

Lord Mayor of Leeds, councillor David Congreve, laid a wreath at the war memorial at Victoria Gardens on The Headrow before participating in the national two-minute silence at 3pm.

Councillor Congreve described it as a ‘very poignant event’.

He added: “I feel extremely humble to be given the opportunity to lay a wreath at the war memorial, and then join members of the public in a two-minute silence as we remember and reflect on VE Day and the contributions made by so many people and the sacrifices that they made during the Second World War.”

Despite the busy atmosphere at the local election count at the First Direct Arena, staff and visitors also took the time to stop and take part in the two-minute silence.

A chain of beacons will be lit across the UK tonight to mark the anniversary, with the Lord Mayor lighting the city’s very own beacon at Millennium Square.

A bugler will announce the lighting before a veteran reads a special tribute.

The Leeds beacon will be lit at exactly 9.32pm to signify the exact moment 70 years ago that peace broke out.

Members of the public, veterans and serving military personnel are invited to attend the events.

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