It’s VE Day in Petersfield, seventy five years after the declaration of peace in Europe.
To mark the occasion, enjoy our special programme of words, music and memories from across the town.
Plans for street parties, music and events may be on hold but in this special programme we’ll hear a young soldier’s reflections on VE Day from his 1945 posting in Germany, Ryan Watts from Petersfield Museum unearths secrets of the town’s wartime past, the Reverend Will Hughes offers prayers and reflections, we’ll hear messages from our local council leaders and there’s music too.
You’ll hear the Last Post played at the High Street War Memorial and a famous wartime song that we can all sing along to.
The programme is presented by Alastair Stewart.
Royal British Legion at the war memorial
Today at 11am, the Royal British Legion Standard will be paraded and a two minute silence observed at Petersfield War Memorial.
Petersfield Town video event at 2.30pm
Petersfield Town Council and Churcher’s College have produced a video to mark the day. It will be streamed “live” at 2.30pm on YouTube and we’ve embedded it here for your convenience. It will also be on the Petersfield Town Council website.
The official town plans
If you would like to make a donation, the organisers of today’s events suggest you make it to the armed forces charity SSAFA.
Our thanks to all those whose contributions feature in this programme and those who helped to research and produce it.
We’d especially like to thank councillor James Deane who led the organisation of our town events, Chris Pellett at Churcher’s College, Ryan Watts and the Petersfield Museum team, Suzie Wilde, the Reverend Will Hughes, Steve Field, Daniel Del Piccolo, the mayor of Petersfield Lesley Farrow, John and Jan Welsman, leader of East Hampshire District Council councillor Keith Budden, Alice Farrow, Bill Gosney and the late Ken Ruddock.