Thursday 7 May 2015

The people of Sheffield are invited to mark Victory in Europe Day in the city with a two minute silence at Sheffield’s cenotaph.

Friday 8 May 2015 is the anniversary of VE Day, marking 70 years since the end of the Second World War in Europe.

To coincide with national plans to mark this occasion across the county, the two minute silence at Barker’s Pool in Sheffield city centre will follow the sounding of the city siren at 3pm.

The Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Peter Rippon, will also be attending a special service at Barker’s Pool on Saturday 9 May alongside the Royal British Legion. Veterans will then be invited to attend a special reception at Sheffield Town Hall.

John Mothersole, Chief Executive of Sheffield City Council, said: “The 70th anniversary of the Second World War in Europe is such a significant milestone in our history that we wanted to do something to mark the occasion in Sheffield. The city siren will be sounded at 3pm on Friday followed by a two minute silence at Barker’s Pool.

“We hope to see as many people as possible join us to commemorate the sacrifices made by the Armed Forces, Land Girls and civilians who contributed to the war effort back home in Sheffield. As well as remembering those who gave their lives for our freedom it’s a chance to celebrate the day the war came to an end.”