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VE Day 75 - Luton Celebrates

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We are pleased to announce a weekend of celebrations over the May Bank Holiday weekend to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe.

Friday 8 May

A street party will be held in St George’s Square with 1940’s music and dance from noon. Luton Carnival  are celebrating VE day and will pass through the town centre with military and peace inspired costumes . The Carnival theme this year is Give Peace a Chance.

Churchill announced the war in Europe was finally over at 3pm on 8 May 1945. At this time  the Last Post will be played as those congregated in St George’s Square are invited to raise their hats in the nations toast to the heroes of WW2, followed by the 2 minutes silence.

Carnival will then continue out of town to Wardown Park where the Guinness world of record attempt to make and eat the largest samosa in the world  will take place at 6pm.

The Cry for Peace will take place at 7pm in Wardown Park to close the carnival.

Saturday 9 May

Saturday will be a family day with groups and families invited to organise their own celebrations, including a themed community fair/tea party.

Find out more about organising celebrations.​

St Luke’s Church and Hockwell Ring Community Centre are holding an event  from 1pm to 5pm at Hockwell Ring Community Centre and will include a street party with live music.

Sunday 10 May

On Sunday, the formal church celebration will take place at St Marys Church.

The Mall, Luton are hosting a celebratory tea party from 11am – 4pm - tea and cake, plus live entertainment so people can take a moment out of their day to share in celebrations.  ​

To find out more about Luton Carnival’s VE Day route and celebrations, visit the UKCCA website​.

To find out more about The Mall Street Party, please visit the Mall Luton website.

Date Friday 8 May 2020 - Sunday 10 May 2020
Time 11:00 - 17:00
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