Video: VE Day Anniversary Service

10 May 2020
Video: VE Day Anniversary Service

On 13 May 1945, the first Sunday after VE Day, Norwich Cathedral was so full that its celebratory service needed to be relayed on speakers around The Close as the city rejoiced in the end of the Second World War in Europe. A victory parade followed, led by about 5,000 British and American troops including five bands.

Seventy-five years on, the Coronavirus pandemic prevents us gathering together in the Cathedral to mark this very special anniversary, but instead we invite you to join us online for A Service of Thanksgiving, Rededication and Hope on the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe.

Please click here to download the order of service for you to follow at home: VE Day 75th Anniversary Service

During the service, General the Lord Dannatt, a former head of the British Army, joins us to give a reading, and Second World War veteran Albert Bowers, of the Reconnaissance Regiment and a veteran of Monte Casino, is joined by some of our choristers to lead the act of rededication.

The Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Revd Graham Usher, delivers the VE Day Homily and gives the blessing.