Illuminating the Beacon in honour of VE day

Malvern Hills District Council is supporting Worcestershire County Council with the lighting of the Worcestershire beacon in order to mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day on the evening of Friday 8 May.

A chain of over 100 beacons across the UK will be lit to mark 70 years since the end of the Second World War in Europe, and at the going down of the sun the bonfire will be lit on the summit of the Malvern Hills.

The summit of the Worcestershire beacon stands at 1,394 feet, which is the highest point of the Malvern Hills - a perfect place for the bonfire to be lit. The beacon has historically been used as a location for signalling beacons, during the Second World War the beacon was used as a fire lookout point for air raids on Birmingham and Coventry.

Malvern Hills District Council rushed to the rescue to commemorate VE Day when the county council appealed for help to transport the equipment needed to light the beacon to the top of the hills. The Environmental Services team will be using their vehicles to transport the equipment to the summit and ensure this important event can take place.

Ivor Pumfrey, Head of Community Services at Malvern Hills District Council, said: "We are very proud to be a part of this event to mark such a significant day.

"We will also be flying the Union flag here at the council house on the morning of Friday 8 May, and we will stop the election count at 3pm to observe the two minute silence. We would like to encourage all members of the public to participate in the two minutes silence too."

Nationally, the government has announced three days of events ranging from a parade, a service of thanksgiving and a star-studded concert in central London.