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VE Day plans already underway in Harrogate

VE Day plans already underway in Harrogate

Published by Lisa Darvill at 6:44am 9th March 2020.

Businesses and residents in Harrogate are being urged to get involved with planned celebrations for VE Day. 

  • VE Day is on Friday 8th May
  • It marks the 75th Anniversary of the end of the Second World War 
  • The Mayor of Harrogate is organising a number of free events 
  • They include 1940s displays and stalls 

Mayor of Harrogate, Councillor Stuart Martin, is organising a number of free events for VE Day. 

Friday 8th May will mark 75 years since the end of the Second World War in Europe. The day is a Bank Holiday, so Cllr Martin is encouraging businesses and residents to get involved. 

Stuart Martin
Mayor of Harrogate, Cllr Stuart Martin

What's planned? 

6/7th May

  • A Spitfire with a working Merlin Engine will be on display next to the cenotaph. 

8th May 

  • The Army Foundation College will have a freedom parade between 10.30 and 11.30am
  • Static displays including military vehicles from the past and present, vintage tractors and classic cars. These will include a jeep that took part in the D Day Landings
  • 1940s displays around town, including adverts and posters 
  • A 'Last Night of the Proms' style concert at the Royal Hall in the evening. Tickets available from the Royal Hall box office. 

Councillor Stuart Martin said:  

"It's a whole community event. So individuals and businesses, we'd like them to get dressed up in 1940s style.

"Wear red, white and blue, military uniforms, anything appropriate for the period. Let's try and have a really good time. 

"It's not a remembrance, as such, so there won't be poppies or anything like that. This is about celebrating the fact and trying to emulate the spirit of the end of the Second World War."