Lit beacon to mark Victory in Europe Day

Worthing's foreshore beacon will be lit on Victory in Europe Day   Picture: Eddie Mitchell
Worthing's foreshore beacon will be lit on Victory in Europe Day Picture: Eddie Mitchell

HEROES of the Second World War will be honoured next Friday when Worthing’s foreshore beacon will be lit to mark Victory in Europe Day.

The date marks the beginning of a national commemorative weekend as the country unites to honour those who played their part in the victory of the War. Coinciding with the national two minutes silence, Worthing’s millennial beacon will be lit at 3pm as the two minutes silence begins.

The beacon can be found, if looking towards the sea, to the right of the pier.

John Mitchell, director for communities at Adur & Worthing Councils, said: “Lighting the foreshore beacon is a highly symbolic act, reminding us of the freedoms we enjoy today, and the price that those freedoms cost others.

“It is apt that the beacon will be lit the day after the General Election – another point in our calendars that should remind us just how fortunate we here in the UK are today.”

The significance of the 3pm lighting is to mark the moment Winston Churchill made his speech formally announcing the end of the war in Europe. It also signifies the start of the celebratory weekend across the country, consisting of fireworks, concerts, services of remembrance and street parties that will take place on Sunday.