Beacon is lit in Rutland to mark VE Day

The lighting of the beacon in Rutland to mark VE day. Photo: Mike Frisby EMN-151105-181503001
The lighting of the beacon in Rutland to mark VE day. Photo: Mike Frisby EMN-151105-181503001
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Veterans in Rutland attended a unique ceremony to commemorate the 70th anniversary of VE Day, which marked the end of the Second World War.

The county lit one of 100 official beacons as part of a national day of celebration, which also included a remembrance service at the Cenotaph in London, churches and cathedrals ringing their bells at 11am as they did on VE Day in 1945, and a two-minute silence at 3pm.

The Rutland Beacon was lit in the grounds of Oakham Castle at 9.32pm on Friday and the ceremony was attended by more than 50 people, including Veterans, the Lord Lieutenant of Rutland, the High Sheriff of Rutland, representatives of the Royal British Legion and the current leader of Rutland County 
Council Roger Begy (Con).

A special tribute was read by Col Robert Boyle DL and the beacon itself was lit by 94-year-old Flt Lt George Kirk, who was an RAF pilot during the Second World War.