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Taking a look back at end of war era

Updated: 9:35 am, May 07, 2015

AN EXHIBITION will be held to mark the 70th anniversary of the Second World War.

Models and photographs showing events which took place between 1939 and 1945 on land, sea and in the air will all be on offer at St Philip’s Church.

From Friday, May 8, until Sunday, May 10, displays on the D Day Landings, the Dambusters raid, Pearl Harbour and the Battle of Britain will all be available to see at the Webheath spot.

The exhibition will also portray how Redditch contributed to the war effort, when the Blitz came to Redditch and how the town celebrated the end of war with pictures from street parties.

Victory in Europe Day, generally known as VE Day, was the public holiday celebrated on May 8, 1945 to mark Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender of its armed forces and the end of the Second World War in Europe.

There will also be a special film evening on VE Day (May 8) showcasing war time movies from 1939 1945 at 7.30pm.

Admission is free but donations to help toward the cost of extending the church are welcomed.

Meanwhile residents across Worcestershire are being urged to organise the lighting of their own beacons to mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day.

There will also be a two-minute silence at 3pm on May 8 and there will be a VE Day concert broadcast live on the BBC.

Those wanting to find out more, should visit www.gov.uk and search for VE Day.

* COMMUNITIES are being encouraged to organise street parties as part VE Day celebrations on Saturday, May 9.

Churches are also asked to ring their bells just like they did in 1945.

VE celebrations in Redditch back in May 1945.

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