Friday, November 08, 2019


How will Brigg mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe?
That was the question posed by Coun Jane Kitching during the Town Council's latest meeting.
She asked about the 75th anniversary of VE Day in 2020 and possibly also Victory over Japan (VJ Day).
This request will now be placed on the agenda for a future council meeting so elected members can give it some thought.
VE Day on May 8, 1945 saw huge celebrations in Brigg town centre.
It's important to note that a major break with tradition is coming up in 2020 as a result of this war-time anniversary. The Government has declared May 8 to be the Early May Bank Holiday. That's a FRIDAY rather than the usual Monday.
VE Day marked the acceptance of Germany's surrender. However, hostilities continued in the Far East until Victory over Japan Day on August 15, 1945 - sparking further celebrations in Brigg and across Britain, though it was not until September 2 that the Japanese finally signed the surrender document.
There will be a bank holiday in the UK on Monday, August 31, 2020. But, rather surprisingly, there's no mention of the 75th anniversary of VJ Day - it's just being called the Summer Bank Holiday. View details here...

With Japan finally beaten in August 1945, the Second World War was at last over - after six grim years!
Brigg marked the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings with events held in June this year.
The 75th anniversary of the Second World War ending back in 1945 will surely be marked  next year... in May and August.

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