VE Day: Here's why Filey town crier David Bull will be 'Crying out for Peace' to mark 75th anniversary

Filey’s town crier is one of hundreds around the globe taking part in a ceremony to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

By Steve Bambridge
Thursday, 7th May 2020, 12:21 pm
Updated Thursday, 7th May 2020, 12:22 pm

Despite the coronavirus restrictions limiting celebrations, David Bull will still be joining other town criers across the country and world for the celebrations.

At 6.55pm on Friday May 8 he will be at Filey bandstand performing ‘Crying Out for Peace’.

Other town criers will be doing the same performance at locations across the globe, as part of an event organised by Pageant Master Bruno Peak.

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Mr Bull , 82, said: “The guy who is organising it said we should do something to cheer everybody up and probably be not too far from our homes. I plan to be at the bandstand in Filey.”

Mr Peak’s anniversary event also marking the two-minute silence at 11am, buglers sounding the Last Post at 2.55pm and more than 1,000 pipers across the world playing When the Battles O’er.

At 3pm there will be a national toast to heroes of World War I, followed by the town criers’ performances at 6.55pm.

Scarborough Council and North Yorkshire County Council are supporting the Royal British Legion message to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day from home.

With people unable to attend celebratory events and many off work for the bank holiday, local authorities are encouraging their communities to pay tribute to the sacrifices of the WW2 generation throughout the day at home.

The national moment of remembrance and two minutes’ silence is at 11am tomorrow. Watch the Royal British Legion livestream from 11.15am at - hear stories and memories from those who served and made sacrifices during the war.

Raise your glasses for the national toast at 3pm using the words “To those who gave so much, we thank you.” Enjoy an evening of memories and music from 8pm on BBC One.

Listen or watch the special VE Day anniversary address by the Queen at 9pm, and take part in a UK-wide rendition of Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll Meet Again’ just after 9pm.

Sing along indoors or better still, from your window, doorstep or garden.