Bute to mark VE day - 70 years on

Rothesay's Cenotaph will be the venue for a short memorial service on Friday, May 8 to mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day.
Rothesay's Cenotaph will be the venue for a short memorial service on Friday, May 8 to mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day.

Bute will fall silent along with communities across Britain this Friday to mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day.

The Isle of Bute branch of Legion Scotland has organised this Friday’s service, taking place at the Cenotaph in Victoria Street at 12 noon, 70 years on from the end of the Second World War in Europe.

Most of those attending the memorial on Friday will be too young to recall the events which finally brought five and a half years of war in Europe to an end, with German forces surrendering unconditionally to the Allies on the afternoon of May 7 and Churchill, in a broadcast to the nation 24 hours later, declaring the war to be over.

The Second World War in Europe saw approximately 382,700 British service personnel and 67,100 civilians killed.

Though the conflict was over in Europe on May 8, the war continued in the Far East until Japan surrendered in August. A formal surrender ceremony, finally ending the war, took place on September 2 - but the effects of the war remained in place in Britain, where rationing continued until July 1954, with bacon and meat being the last to go.

After the war, Germany was divided into four zones: British, French, American (western zone) and Russian.