WWII CELEBRATION: SPIRIT OF THE BLITZ; Terrorist Blasts Fail to Stop 60th Anniversary Tributes

Article excerpt

Byline: By AIDAN McGURRAN

EVENTS to mark the 60th anniversary of the end of the Second World War will go ahead this weekend despite the London bombings.

Organisers called on Britons to adopt the famous Blitz spirit that helped millions get through the dark days of relentless German air raids and the grim spectre of invasion looming over our shores.

Minister for veterans Don Touhig urged those whose confidence has been shattered by Thursday's blasts to draw inspiration from the brave men and women who battled on during the war to save Britain from Hitler.

He said: "This week we remember the sacrifices previous generations made so we can remain a free people.

"As the London tragedy unfolds we look to them for inspiration. They faced much worse.

"It's important to keep up the spirit they showed us in the grim days between 1939 and 1945."

One of the organisers, Group Captain David Prowse, added: "In light of the attack in London we are still going to hold the 60th anniversary events this weekend.

"I would like to stress,come to London from now through to Sunday and make it an event and weekend to remember." Seven female pilots will honour Second World War women today with a flypast of five helicopters and two jets over Whitehall. …