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Picnic in the Park - VE Day

Thousands of people joined the party in East Park on Sunday to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of Victory in Europe - VE Day

It was on May 8 1945, the formal acceptance by the Allies of the unconditional surrender by Nazi Germany

This sparked celebrations and a wave of relief across the country as Victory in Europe was achieved.

Winston Churchill declared to thousands from a balcony: ‘…This is your victory! …We may allow ourselves a brief period of rejoicing; but let us not forget for a moment the toil and efforts that lie ahead…

The celebrations in East Park were started with a short memorial service which concluded with the unveiling of three monuments. The first dedicated to the Army, Navy and Air Force - ‘For Those Who Served’. The secound 'To all who served in the Merchant Navy' and the final monument was dedicated to all those that were evacuated during the war. This monument was sponsored by Archbishop Sentamu Academy.

To follow there was live music, crazy golf, donkey rides and  children's rides.

Brian Petch, organiser and Honorary Alderman, said: "… I was 11 years old during VE Day. I remember my  mum and dad taking me to the band stand in East Park for dancing.

I wanted to try to replicate some of that so we brought in a 1940’s-style band.

It been a fantastic day and there was a  great turn out…"

 
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