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VE Day Beacons

Over 200 beacons will be lit on Friday 8 May to mark Victory in Europe (VE) Day.

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Slieve Donarde Peak beacon for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee

The 70th anniversary of VE Day will see beacons lit throughout the United Kingdom. At the going down of the sun on the 8 May the first beacon will be lit (at a location to be announced) followed by a chain of over 100 beacons across the UK.

Helsby beacon for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee

The following areas have been invited to light a beacon:

  • Aberdeen
  • Barnsley
  • Bath & North East Somerset
  • Bedford
  • Birmingham
  • Blackburn with Darwen
  • Blackpool
  • Bolton
  • Bournemouth
  • Bracknell Forest
  • Bradford
  • Brighton & Hove
  • Bristol
  • Buckinghamshire
  • Bury
  • Calderdale
  • Cambridgeshire
  • Central Bedfordshire
  • Cheshire East
  • Cheshire West & Chester
  • Cornwall
  • Coventry
  • Cumbria
  • Darlington
  • Derby
  • Derbyshire
  • Devon
  • Doncaster
  • Dorset
  • Dudley
  • Durham
  • East Riding Of Yorkshire
  • East Sussex
  • Essex
  • Gateshead
  • Gloucestershire
  • Halton
  • Hampshire
  • Hartlepool
  • Herefordshire
  • Hertfordshire
  • Isle Of Wight
  • Kent
  • Kingston upon Hull
  • Kirklees
  • Knowsley
  • Lancashire
  • Leeds
  • Leicester
  • Leicestershire
  • Lincolnshire
  • Liverpool
  • Luton
  • Manchester
  • Medway
  • Middlesbrough
  • Milton Keynes
  • Newcastle Upon Tyne
  • Norfolk
  • North East Lincolnshire
  • North Lincolnshire
  • North Somerset
  • North Tyneside
  • North Yorkshire
  • Northamptonshire
  • Northumberland
  • Nottingham
  • Nottinghamshire
  • Oldham
  • Oxfordshire
  • Peterborough
  • Plymouth
  • Poole
  • Portsmouth
  • Reading
  • Redcar & Cleveland
  • Rochdale
  • Rotherham
  • Rutland
  • Salford
  • Sandwell
  • Sefton
  • Sheffield
  • Shropshire
  • Slough
  • Solihull
  • Somerset
  • South Gloucestershire
  • South Tyneside
  • Southampton
  • Southend On Sea
  • St Helens
  • Staffordshire
  • Stirling
  • Stockport
  • Stockton-on-Tees
  • Stoke-on-Trent
  • Suffolk
  • Sunderland
  • Surrey
  • Swindon
  • Tameside
  • Telford and Wrekin
  • Thurrock
  • Torbay
  • Trafford
  • Wakefield
  • Walsall
  • Warrington
  • Warwickshire
  • West Berkshire
  • West Sussex
  • Wigan
  • Wiltshire
  • Windsor & Maidenhead
  • Wirral
  • Wokingham
  • Wolverhampton
  • Worcestershire
  • York
  • Greater London Authority
Published 15 March 2015