Wolverhampton will come together to mark the 71st anniversary of VE Day with a service of remembrance on Friday (6 May, 2016).

Veterans will join civic dignitaries and members of the public to mark 71 years since the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany to the Allies on 8 May 1945, an event which heralded the end of the Second World War in Europe.

The central branch of the City of Wolverhampton Royal British Legion and the Ex-Service Council will hold the service of remembrance at the Cenotaph, St Peter's Square, on Friday from 11.30am.

Lyndon Purnell, chair of the central branch of the City of Wolverhampton Royal British Legion, said: "The end of the Second World War in Europe was a momentous occasion which is rightly commemorated every year.

"VE Day is an opportunity for the nation to remember the courage and bravery of millions of men and women who served - and in many cases sadly died - for their country in the Second World War and in other conflicts.

"These men and women helped our country at its times of greatest need, both abroad and on the Home Front.

"We're hoping that as many people as possible will come along and take part in the ceremony and remember the sacrifices shown by countless Wulfrunians who served for their country in one way or another."

The service will begin with a parade of standards and veterans to the Cenotaph, followed by prayers, the Kohima homily and exhortation and the Last Post.

  • released: Tuesday 3 May, 2016