Trafalgar Square is to host a special photographic exhibition as part of City Hall’s contribution to the 70th anniversary celebrations of Victory in Europe Day.
The three-day exhibition will run between Friday 8th May to Sunday 10th May and include photos of 1945 crowds celebrating the end of hostilities in Europe.
According to City Hall, it may also feature audio exhibits, including Sir Winston Churchill’s famous ‘This Is Your Victory’ speech.
On the Sunday the square will also host a military band to coincide with the end of a parade down Whitehall by veterans and current military personnel.
The parade forms part of the government’s national celebrations which also include a wreath laying service at the cenotaph, a two minute silence, the lighting of 100 beacons across the country and a service of thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey which will be attended by the Royal Family.
In addition stars including Elaine Paige, Bernard Cribbins, Status Quo and Dads Army’s Ian Lavender will take part in a special concert to be held at Horse Guards Parade and broadcast on BBC One.
This year is likely to be the last significant anniversary where veterans and civilians who contributed to the war effort will still be able to participate.
To help ensure the knowledge of their efforts and sacrifices are passed on to future generations, the Government has made a selection of resources and materials available to schools to allow them to plan their own celebrations.
An interactive map showing details of celebrations across the UK is available here.