VE Day will be celebrated on May 8 this year.

Date Published: 15 January 2020

​The early May bank holiday will move from Monday, May 4 to Friday, May 8 to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day which takes place on May 8.

The date change will enable people to pay tribute to those who served in one of the most significant events in twentieth century history.

The occasion will remember the contribution of British, Commonwealth, and Allied armed forces personnel; those who contributed to the war effort and safeguarded the Home Front.

As well as marking the Allies’ victory in 1945, the bank holiday will serve as an opportunity to pay tribute to those who have served and continue to serve in the UK armed forces and their families.

Chief Executive Jim Savege said: “It is fitting that we take a moment to consider the sacrifice given by those in the armed forces and recognise the efforts of those currently serving in the armed forces, reservists and their families. We as a council will support communities across Aberdeenshire with events marking this significant anniversary.

“We will also continue to work with individuals, organisations and community groups dedicated to raising awareness of issues relating to those connected to the armed forces.”

Commemorative events taking place across the UK over the three-day weekend include:

• Bagpipers playing the traditional Battles O’er at the top of the four highest peaks in the UK – Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike in England, Mount Snowdon in Wales and Slieve Donard in Northern Ireland;
• The Nation’s Toast, where over 20,000 pupils will encourage patrons to raise a glass to the heroes of the Second World War;
• Bells in churches and cathedrals chiming across the country in a special Ringing Out for Peace;
• Local celebrations and street parties across the three-day weekend.

A list of local public holidays in Aberdeenshire is available on the council website