MK must not forget the VE day anniversay

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People all over Milton Keynes are being urged to take two minutes out to remember VE Day.

The council is leading the way with a two-minute silence at 3pm on Friday, May 8.

Now it is hoping that every resident and business will follow suit.

Communities are also being encouraged to hold street parties on the Sunday afternoon, said Mayor Derek Eastman.

“The nation breathed a collective sigh of relief 70 years ago when the Second World War in Europe ended,” he said.

“It was a time for everyone to rejoice that the nightmare of war was at an end and that people could look forward to a future without fear and start to enjoy life again.”

Secretary of State William Hague recently announced details of celebrations and commemorations the government has planned to celebrate the 70th anniversary over the weekend of May 9 and 10.

Milton Keynes will start its commemoration with the mayor and members of the Royal British Legion lighting a beacon at Campbell Park.

Meanwhile a 90-year-old D-Day veteran from Bradville will be celebrating in spectacular style – by riding his motorbike all the way to Normandy (pictured).

The Citizen reported last month how Syd Golding is planning the trip with his wife June.

He was a motorcycle despatch rider with the Royal Ulster Rifles during the war and has been a keen motorcyclist ever since.