Council commemorates VE-Day anniversary

Police stopped traffic on Uxbridge Road, Ealing on Friday, 8 May to allow the crowds to observe a two minute silence, led by Council leader, Councillor Julian Bell.

Councillor Bell said: “I remember my own father telling us about the end of the war and how people came together in the street to celebrate.  An electrician who lived in his row of council houses rigged up lights in the street to mark the victory and the end of five years of blackouts.

“The jubilation as Churchill announced the end of the war was tinged with sadness of course at the thought of all the lives lost.  That is why it is so important that we mark these anniversaries each and every year, to remember those who gave their lives for us all and to never forget the lessons of those terrible years.”

The council also recently honored those who gave their lives for their country by reviewing all local war memorials to keep them in good condition, so that residents can view them as part of the borough’s historic walks. 

A two-minute silence also takes place annually for Armistice Day on Ealing Town Hall steps, while other official Remembrance Day services and events take place at war memorials across the borough.