About the Event

VE Day


Fri 8  70th Anniversary VE Day Beacon Lighting Event, Castle Island, Enniskillen

Enniskillen has been chosen as one of a hundred locations throughout the UK to light an official VE Day Beacon to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII.

At the going down of the sun on Friday 8 May (9.30pm) the first beacon will be lit in London and, within minutes, cities and towns the length and breadth of the country will fire their beacons, symbolising light emerging from the darkness of war.

The Fermanagh beacon with its ‘V for Victory’ burner will be placed on Castle Island on Lough Erne, to be lit at 9.32pm by The Viscount Brookeborough, Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for Co Fermanagh, assisted by

Mr Gregory Burton, the US Consul for N Ireland and by local Army Cadets.  Also attending will be

Mr George Black, NI Chairman of the Royal British Legion, who will be joined by John McCusker (Chairman) and other members of the Enniskillen Branch.  Guests representing the Royal British Legion,

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Churches, Regimental Associations, WWII Veterans, together with local people who remember celebrating VE Day in 1945 will view the beacon lighting from on board the

MV Kestrel.  The public are encouraged to view the beacon lighting ceremony from a safe vantage point

At Henry Street in Enniskillen from where they will have a clear sight of the beacon.

Contact Selwyn Johnston on 07792 378687 or selwyn@headhuntersmuseum.com

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