Today is the 70th anniversary of VE Day and there will be a variety of events both nationally and locally to mark the occasion.

From street parties to school events, plays, music and singing – the date will not go unnoticed in the west.

This day in 1945 saw the end of the Second World War in Europe as the unconditional surrender was signed.

Bells rung out, parties hastily organised and the lights came back on again after six years of war across Europe.

For many it was a day of mixed emotion as nearly every family was touched by loss, but the end of fighting in Europe was also a day to celebrate.

Crowds gathered in London and thousands stood outside Buckingham Palace demanding an appearance from the royal family on the balcony – and they duly obliged.

As the numbers of the wartime generation slowly diminish, today is the chance to acknowledge the suffering and bravery of the war years.

It is a commemoration to teach the generations that followed about the war and what it meant.

It is also a chance to talk about a period of history that had a profound effect on the way we live today.

If you are having a tea party, sing-a-long or marking the day in any way, then send in a photograph for next week’s paper.

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* Vackees will be at Downham Town Hall on May 14, 15 and 16. Tickets are £8 from Lewks, Wales Court.

Members of the DADS adult group will work alongside the younger members of KIDDS and for more information see

VE Events in West Norfolk

The national two-minute silence will be observed across all council and Alive Leisure buildings at 3pm today.

King’s Lynn Royal British Legion will be laying a wreath at the memorial in Tower St Gardens at 6pm tonight and bell ringers will perform a quarter peal at 11am.

The light shows on town centre buildings will also be changed tonight, tomorrow and Sunday.

Hunstanton will have  a tea party and sing-a-long at the community centre from 2pm to 4pm. Tickets £3 from the Tourist Information Centre.

Downham Market will have entertainment from Parisian Swing on the town square from 9.30am to noon today.

Members of the Royal British Legion will be laying a wreath at the war memorial on Saturday at 9am.

A 1940s coffee morning will also be held in the town hall tomorrow  along with a hall of stalls from 9am to 3pm.

Members of DADS sing songs from the show Vackee (see top picture) between 1pm and 2pm.

There will be an Andrews Sisters-inspired dance at the town hall from 8pm and tickets are £5 from Lewks.

Paradise Garage will have a wartime motorbike and ‘Land Girls’.

Downham Home and Garden Centre will be going back to the 1940s with vintage vehicles, a vintage menu and an exhibition.