Scilly To Ring Bells For VE Day Anniversary

The bells of St Mary's Parish Church will be rung

The bells of St Mary’s Parish Church will be rung

Scilly will be taking part in a symbolic event to mark the 70th Anniversary of VE Day, the official end of World War Two.

Canon Paul Miller says all cathedrals and parish churches with bells across the UK are being asked to ring them at 11am on Saturday 9th May.

He says the bells of St Mary’s Church will mark the most westerly point in the country.

There will be a short service beforehand, supported by Scilly’s new Royal British Legion branch.

And Bishop Christopher Budd from the islands’ Catholic Church will share his own recollections of the day, 70 years ago. He was an eight-year-old when peace was declared.

Paul says there are several events taking place nationally to mark the anniversary, including a ceremony at the Cenotaph in Whitehall on Friday, the day after the general election.

One hundred beacons are also being lit across the country although there won’t be one in Scilly.

Paul is conscious that most people on the islands weren’t alive in 1945 and holding too many events could become monotonous. But he says it’s still important to be thankful for all those who took part in the war.

The service starts at 10.30am on Saturday 9th May.