Ponteland marks 70th anniversary of VE Day

A weekend of events is being held in Ponteland to commemorate the 70th anniversary of VE Day.

The village marked the end of World War Two on May 8 1945 by planting an oak tree on Coates Green, raised from an acorn grown by the children of Coates Endowed School.

On Friday at 2pm a short service is being held in St Mary’s Church which will be attended by more than 100 children from Richard Coates Middle School. The service is being conducted by the Vicar of Ponteland Peter Barham and all are welcome.

After the service the Deputy Mayor of Ponteland, Councillor Joyce Butcher, will lay flowers at the oak tree on Coates Green. A beacon will then be lit on the top of the church shortly after 9.30pm, when the Queen is lighting the first of more than 200 beacons across the UK on the Long Walk at Windsor.

Back in 1945 church bells were rung up and down the country to celebrate Victory in Europe Day, and this year the bells at St Mary’s will be rung for the service on Friday and at 11 o’clock on Saturday morning.

Councillor Robin Ramsay, who has co-ordinated the events with the support of Reverend Barham and Richard Coates Middle School, said: “We hope to recreate the spirit of 1945, gathering 70 years to the day at the very oak tree local children planted, and as on that day the bells of St Mary’s Church will be ringing. All members of the local community are invited to join us for this important commemoration.”


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