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08/05/2020 at All Day


2020 sees two 75th Anniversaries that Petersfield Town Council believes the Town should mark and planning is ongoing with a small Community Volunteer Committee.   The occasion will remember the contribution of British, Commonwealth and Allied armed forces personnel; those who contributed to the war effort and safeguarded the Home Front. As well as marking the Allies’ victory in 1945, the bank holiday will serve as an initial opportunity to pay tribute to those who have served and continue to serve in the UK Armed Forces and their families. The Committee wish to invite the Community, Schools and Organisations to be made aware in case they might like to assist or take part. By and large the events will follow the National trend for this anniversary under the auspices of the Soldiers, Sailors & Airmen Families Association (SSAFA).  Any such proceeds that emerge from the Events will go to the SSAFA Charity. The Petersfield Area Historical Society plan to launch a publication in line with their very successful similar enterprise from our Anniversary of World War 1 on 8 April 2020 and copies will be available at all events.

The first is Victory in Europe generally known as V-E Day.  VE Day marked an historic moment in not only in Petersfield but our nation and indeed the world’s history. We should honour those who did their duty – whether on the battlefields of Europe or through their efforts and sacrifices here at home.  VE Day was the public holiday celebrated on 8 May 1945 to mark the formal acceptance by the Allies of World War II that the War in Europe was over. More than 1 million people celebrated in the streets of cities, towns and villages in the UK.  Friday 8 May 2020 is definitely the first date for diaries.  A short Service of Remembrance and Commemoration is being held in the Square at 2.45 pm We then look skywards at the tower of St Peters where a Bugler joining Buglers playing the Last Post & Reveille from the top of the Four Peaks and at many other locations around the world. Additionally a Piper playing  the tunes Battle’s O’er and VE 75 Years again from the Tower of St Peter’s Church at 2.55 pm. This is followed by The Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of World War 2 with ‘Host a Toast’ where businesses & establishments will be encouraged to raise a glass or two to all those living through those difficult and challenging times.  A cream tea is planned within St Peter’s Church from 3.15 pm accompanied by some incidental music provided, we hope, from the Community.  At 7 pm Petersfield will join a National Thanksgiving when St Peter’s Church Bells will be ringing out for Peace in Europe. We hope there will be much merriment across the Town.

Further publicity and details for these events will emerge as time draws near. In the meantime further details are available from: – Cllr James Deane at james.deane@petersfield-tc.gov.uk or Tel: 01730 269 072 or via Council Officers at the Town Hall.

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