London Prepares for Celebration of V-E Day

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London Prepares for Celebration of V-E Day


Compiled From News Services, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


Q. What special events will take place in London this May to celebrate the 50th anniversary of V-E Day?

A. May 8, marking the 50th anniversary of victory in Europe in World War II, will be a public holiday in Britain. Throughout the year scores of events will be held to celebrate the occasion, although the official theme will be one of peace and reconciliation. Commemorative events will also be held for V-J Day on Aug. 15.

The focus of events in London will come on the weekend of May 6-8 in Hyde Park, with a variety of exhibitions, performances and entertainment. At 8 p.m. on May 8 Queen Elizabeth II will light a beacon in the park, to be followed by the lighting of many similar beacons across the country.

Following are some of the many other events:

The Royal British Legion, an organization of ex-servicemen, is staging a Hyde Park concert May 6 with a 4,000-member choir, and a "Golden Gala Evening" at the Royal Albert Hall on July 12. There will be free access to the concert but no seating provided. Tickets for the gala, from $46.50 to $62, can be reserved through the Royal Albert Hall Ticket Shop, (44 171) 589 8212.

The Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ, (44 171) 416 5000, will present a "Victory Festival," March 17-Aug. 28, which will include an exhibition about London at war. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission $6, calculated at $1.55 to the pound, children $3.80. Admission free after 4:30 p.m. and on V-E Day and V-J Day.

National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Road, London SW3 4HD; (44 171) 730 0717. A special "Victory for Europe" exhibition will be presented, but full details have not been made final. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission free.

National Portrait Gallery, St. Martin's Place, London WC2H OHE; (171) 306 0055. Gallery 16A on Level 2 will show portraits of men and women who played a role in Britain in the 15-year postwar period. …

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