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UK celebrates VE Day 75th anniversary

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Today the county celebrates Victory in Europe (VE) Day, marking the 75th anniversary of the official end of World War Two (WW2). 

Despite the country still being in lockdown street parties went ahead, though conducted observing social distancing rules. 

On this day 75 year ago Winston Churchill announced the end of WW2 saying: "In all our long history we have never seen a greater day". 

The Royal family also released today Queen Elizabeth II's recollection of VE Day.

Her Majesty said: "I remember a line of people linking arms and walking down Whitehall. All of us just swept along on a tide of happiness and relief. I think it was one of the most memorable nights of my life".

At 11am this morning a two minute silence was observed across the country led by the Prince of Wales at Balmoral Castle. 

The Queen is also due to appear in a live broadcast this evening. 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said today: "All of us who were born since 1945 are acutely conscious that we owe everything we most value to the generation who won WW2". 

Labour leader Keir Starmer echoed this sentiment saying: "We remember the millions of people from across the United Kingdom and from across the world, who came together in WW2 to fight for our shared values. Values of freedom, of democracy, of peace."

Churchill's great grand son Duncan Sandy's encouraged the nation to take inspiration from the WW2 generation, in responding to the coronavirus. 

He said: "They went through a very tough battle but here we are today, we can take inspiration from the fact that they did come through it and we can come through it as well."

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