VE beacon sparks memories - The Malvern Observer

VE beacon sparks memories

Malvern Editorial 21st May, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016   0

THE SKY above Malvern was lit up to spark memories of the day Europe was liberated.

More than 100 people joined veterans and civic dignitaries on the Malvern Hills to watch the lighting of the VE Day beacon.

The ceremony, which took place at the Worcestershire Beacon, marked the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day and saw people of all ages, serving armed forces personnel and veterans attend.

Pam Davey, who was present in her role of chairman of Worcestershire County Council, said: “It is important that we remember the sacrifices of World War Two and express our gratitude to those armed forces, many of whom were killed and many more who were severely disabled both physically and mentally.

“Also to the civilians who lost homes and loved ones. The sacrifices of a whole generation were made to ensure our freedom and our way of life.

“The large number of people who participated, many with their own memories of family members, in the lighting of the beacon, made it an extremely moving event and a fitting tribute to those who gave so much.”

Malvern was one of more than 200 beacon locations around the country to mark the anniversary.

The event was supported by Worcestershire County Council with support from Malvern Hills District Council and Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service.

Jack Hegarty, chief executive from MHDC, said: “The lighting of the beacon was a significant event that we were very proud to be a part of.”

Robert Allen, station commander from HWFRS, added: “Our Malvern crews provided fire and trauma cover throughout the event, using our off road vehicles to access the beacon.

“We were delighted to be asked to be involved in this event to mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day.”

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