Tower to light up for VE Day celebrations

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Blackpool Tower will be lighting up red, white and blue next month to commemorate the 70th anniversary of VE Day.

The resort’s famous landmark will be part of a network of beacons throughout the UK lit-up on May 8, to mark the day the guns fell silent, marking the end of the Second World War in Europe.

Fighting continued in the far east for another four months, but VE Day effectively marked the end of hostilities for tens of thousands of families in the UK.

Lighting up The Tower is part of a weekend of celebrations aimed at celebrating the day.

Landmarks throughout the UK will be illuminated in a system of 100 beacons, stretching from Cornwall to the community on Unst, the most northerly populated 
island in the British Isles.

Saturday will also see VE Day 70: A Party To Remember, a Royal British Legion event at London’s Horse Guards Parade.

Hosted by Chris Evans, this star-studded concert will include a performance by Fleetwood tenor Alfie Boe alongside a galaxy of British stars including Elaine Paige, Jane Horrocks, soprano Katherine Jenkins, pop starlet Pixie lott, and the stars of Strictly Come Dancing.