Eastbourne VE Day celebrations

Diane Stevens with her cake
Diane Stevens with her cake

Eastbourne commemorated VE Day on Friday May 8 as the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe and the formal conclusion of Hitler’s War, was marked across the country and the continent.

Entry to the town’s Redoubt Fortress was free all day and on display were many interesting artefacts from the Second World War which allowed visitors to reflect on the five long years which ended in victory for the allies in 1945. Exclusive archive film was also shown with footage from London and Brighton, of the spontaneous celebrations which broke out all over Britain when it was announced that war in Europe was finally over.

The sign from the former Wish Tower Café, which served as a reminder of the stoic endurance of the people of Eastbourne who were faced with enemy aggression, is currently displayed in the Redoubt’s new Home Front Story exhibition.

At the Fisherman’s Club an event for St Wilfrid’s was held with a 1940s theme and Diane Stevens is pictured with a commemorative cake she baked which was auctioned.

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