Collieston plays its part in VE Day

A beacon is lit overlooking Collieston to mark VE Day.
A beacon is lit overlooking Collieston to mark VE Day.
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The village of Collieston joined more than 200 locations around the country in lighting a special beacon to mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day last Friday.

Beacons were ignited at 9.32pm throughout the UK following the lighting of the principal beacon by the Queen outside Windsor Castle.

Meg remembered the way that families in Collieston looked after each other with most of the men away at war

Community Council spokesperson

The special gas-fuelled beacon was produced for VE Day with a unique burner head in the shape of a V for victory.

In Collieston, the beacon on Braehead overlooking the harbour was lit by Meg Wallace, accompanied by Boys Brigade member Fraser Macleod.

Mrs Wallace was asked by Slains and Collieston Community Council to carry out the ceremony.

A spokesperson said: “We felt it particularly appropriate for Meg to perform the ceremony as she was born and brought up in Collieston and lived through the war years there.

“Meg remembered the way that families in Collieston looked after each other with most of the men away at war and the fear of invasion a very real threat.”

Lone piper Dave Mclernon, from Slains, gave a poignant ending to the evening by playing Tunes of Glory as the sun set slowly over the sea.

VE Day marks the official end of hostilities in Europe on May 8, 1945, following the formal unconditional surrender of German Forces.

It was an occasion of national celebration, yet also one of sombre reflection for those who would not return.

This anniversary celebrates the achievements of the UK, the Commonwealth and the allies in their victory overseas and on the Home Front, but also pays tribute to the 580,406 UK and Commonwealth Forces and 67,073 UK civilians who lost their lives during six long years of conflict.

Bruno Peek, pageantmaster of the VE Day 70th Anniversary Beacons, said: “VE Day represents a further important milestone in the history of our country.

“It was on this day, 70 years ago, that peace brought an end to nearly six years of war across Europe. We must not let this day pass without reflecting on the sacrifice, courage and determination of the people who saw us through this dark period.

“It therefore fitting that we should celebrate with the veterans and their families and commemorate this historic anniversary once more through the lighting of beacons.”