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Burgess Hill Mayor Ann Jones accompanied by war veteran and chairman of the local Royal British Legion  David Truran BEM and a cadet from the local ATC will light a Beacon at St John’s Park, Burgess Hill at 9.30pm on Friday 8 May 2015 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of VE day – the day peace was declared and brought an end to nearly 6 years of war across Europe.

Councillor Jones said “The community could not let this day pass without reflecting on the sacrifice, courage and determination of the people who saw us through this dark period.  It is fitting that we celebrate them and commemorate this historic anniversary once more through the lighting of a Beacon.”

Some 100 Beacons will be lit across the country at the same time and will complement the commemorative events being organised at the Cenotaph in London earlier that day.  The Burgess Hill Bonfire Society will lay the Beacon and the Burgess Hill Marching Youth will parade and provide music from 9pm. A tribute to all those affected by the war will be read by Mr Truran and the Union flag will be given out to those attending the event that evening.

Everyone is most welcome to attend this event.

For further information, contact Steve Cridland on 01444 247726