Thurrock Council to formally recognise WW2 veterans for VE Day 2020

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CLLR Deborah Huelin, Portfolio Holder for Communities, has announced Thurrock Council’s plans to recognise the brave contribution of World War Two (WW2) veterans as part of Victory in Europe (VE) Day celebrations later this year.

The plans, which were formally announced at Full Council on Wednesday 29 January, include inviting Thurrock’s WW2 veterans to a series of events to mark VE day, which takes place on Friday 8 May 2020. Current plans include a special tea party alongside additional events hosted in collaboration with the Grays Royal British Legion.

Following interest from many parts of the community, a small grants fund is also available to encourage residents to celebrate the day with a local event or street party. For more information on the grants fund and how to apply, please visit thurrock.gov.uk/VEdaygrants.

Cllr Deborah Huelin said: “VE Day is an incredibly important day for us to recognise as we mark the anniversary of when fighting against Nazi’s in Europe came to an end. To make this year’s celebrations even more special, this year is also the 75th anniversary of VE day.

“The WW2 Commemorative Events Group has been incredibly passionate and enthusiastic in helping to shape and prepare for the marking of VE day this year. By continuing to work closely with local groups, we can ensure that we commemorate the day as a community and recognise the brave veterans in our borough.

“Any veteran of WW2 who would like to register their interest to receive information about VE day events later this year are invited to call 01375 659944 or email community@thurrock.gov.uk.”

To find out more about Thurrock’s armed forces and veterans visit thurrock.gov.uk/armed-forces.

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