Plenty of events planned for 70th anniversary of VE Day


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Events marking the seventieth anniversary of VE Day are taking place across Welwyn Hatfield this weekend.

A street party, which is free to enter, starts the ball rolling at Hatfield House this Friday

The house will also join hundreds of other locations across the country in lighting a beacon.

The festivities will be held in the Stable Yard from 5pm and 1940s attire is encouraged.

There will be beer, supplied by The Horse and Groom pub, as well as a BBQ.

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Bunting will be hung across the courtyard and a 1940s singer will entertain the crowds, creating a relaxed and nostalgic atmosphere.

The beacon will be lit at around 9.30pm on the cricket pitch.

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Forties-themed fancy dress is also encouraged in Northaw on Saturday.

The village green will be the centre of a VE Day party and you don’t have to dress up but organisers claim “it will make it all the more fun”.

And don’t worry about the weather. The village hall is on standby in case of rain.

You should bring your own drinks and a plate or two of food to share. The music, tables and chairs will all be provided.

The fun starts at 2.30pm and will continue through to 6.30pm, where those who want to continue the party will head to the Two Brewers.

A wreath laying will begin a day of activities on Friday in Welwyn Garden City.

The WGC branch of the Royal British Legion will be at the Howardsgate Memorial at 11am,

It will be followed that evening by a celebration dance at the Royal Naval Club on Black Fan Road.

Doors open at 7.30pm and the club promises there will be dancing to late.

Entertainment is provided by Light & Bitter, with the Harpenden Pipe Band also appearing.

Entry is free but there will be a £2 charge for those wanting a buffet.

The activities conclude on Sunday with a service at St Etheldreada’s Church in Hatfield.

It begins at 9.30am and will be followed by the laying of a wreath by the Town mayor at the War Memorial, Great North Road, around 11.30am.

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