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

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.