VE Day event will bring together young and old

VE Day event will bring together young and old

Published by Harry Long at 6:45am 23rd February 2020.

A celebratory concert involving more than 400 children from North Yorkshire schools will be part of this year's VE Day celebrations.  

  • More than 400 children from North Yorkshire will take part in a concert as part of this year's VE Day celebrations. 
  • Events across the county will be held to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe. 
  • The VE Day anniversary will be celebrated on 8th May.

Planned events in the county will bring generations together, to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe. 

North Yorkshire County Council chairman Cllr Jim Clark is driving the celebrations as a central part of his year in office.

The VE Day anniversary will be celebrated on 8th May, with the concert being held at Harrogate Convention Centre on 30th March.

Cllr Clark is inviting two special guests: Arek Hersh, a survivor of Auschwitz concentration camp, and Sheila Pantin, who was involved in the British liberation of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in April, 1945.

Harrogate Convention Centre
Harrogate Convention Centre

Cllr Clark said:

"I think it will be a great experience for the young people to be in the presence of a survivor of Auschwitz and someone who was involved in helping people after the liberation of Bergen-Belsen.

"This might be the last opportunity for us to have a major celebration with people who were alive at the end of the Second World War."

Events will also include a special service at Ripon Cathedral on Friday, 8th May, which will be attended by the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, in one of his last public events before he retires in June. 

Later in May, events showcasing memories of VE Day will take place in several libraries, including Scarborough, Selby and Skipton.

These will invite older residents to join young people to share their experiences of the war.