Beacon is lit to mark VE Day anniversary

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Ashington joined more than 200 others in lighting up a beacons on Friday to mark the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day.

The special gas-fuelled beacon produced for VE Day featured a unique burner head in the shape of a ‘V’ for victory.

The Ashington beacon at Woodhorn Museum was lit by 93-year-old war veteran Edith Hunter, from Amble, alongside Coun Dave Ledger from Northumberland County Council.

The beacon marked the start of a week of celebrations and remembrance of all those who took part in the Second World War in Europe, both on the home front and overseas.

Bruno Peek, pageant master of the VE Day 70th Anniversary Beacons, said: “VE Day on May 8 represented a further important milestone in the history of our country.

“It was on this day, 70 years ago, that peace brought an end to nearly six years of war across Europe.

“We must 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 we should celebrate with the veterans and their families and commemorate this historic anniversary through the beacons.”