THE 70th anniversary of the ending of the Second World War in Europe – Victory in Europe Day – will be celebrated at Coalhouse Fort in East Tilbury on the evening of Friday, 8 May.
The event – organised by the Heritage Lottery team based at Thurrock Council – is free to enter and open to all.
It will start with a “street party” inside the fort where people will be invited to enjoy food and drink from the 1940s. This will run between 7pm and 8pm.
It will be followed by singing from Golden Voices and from 8.30pm East Tilbury Primary School will be performing dances from the period.
At 9pm visitors to the event will be ushered outside for the lighting of the Beacon ceremony – in the fort’s park grounds – will take place, again with singing from Golden Voices, the over-50s community choir.
There will also be a bugler playing and speeches before the actual beacon lighting by the Mayor of Thurrock, Cllr Steve Liddiard, at 9:30pm.