Weekend Watch: 8-10 May 2015

Friday marks the 70th anniversary of VE Day and celebrations will be taking place across the weekend to commemorate the end of the war.

At 9.32pm on Friday, a chain of more than 100 beacons will be lit around the country, including one at the Tower of London. The Houses of parliament, St Paul’s Cathedral and Trafalgar Square will light up with V-shaped illuminations, just like they did 70 years ago.

On Saturday, church bells will ring out at 11am to celebrate the hard-fought victory. Tickets are also still available for the evening concert at Horse Guards Parade featuring music, personalities and performers including Status Quo. Find out more on the British Legion website. Tickets cost £36.75.

Sunday morning will see a national thanksgiving service at Westminster Abbey attended by the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall and other members of the royal family, as well as representatives of Britain’s wartime allies, Commonwealth countries and more than 1,000 veterans. After the service, a parade of 2,000 service personnel, veterans and their guests and carers will march from Westminster Abbey to Horse Guards Parade, while wartime RAF planes including Lancasters, Spitfires and Hurricanes perform a flypast over central London with the Red Arrows display team.

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