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Bramley War Memorial: VE Day event cancelled

The Friends of Bramley War Memorial have cancelled a planned VE Day anniversary event on 8th May, due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Bramley War Memorial. Photo: Simon Cullingworth

The event was due to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day, but in statement, Councillor Caroline Gruen, chair of the Friends of Bramley War Memorial, said:

“We are very sorry that we cannot invite you collectively to remember those who were fighting on the home front on the day itself, but we are hoping to remember, honour and thank them at an organised event to embrace both VE Day, and VJ Day on 15th August.

“As a mark of respect, Norah Gibson, a Friend of Bramley War Memorial and myself will (in a group of two only, in line with Coronavirus advice) lay a single wreath at the memorial, on behalf of the Bramley and Stanningley communities. We will do this at 3pm, the exact time that Churchill delivered his speech.”

The Union Flag will be flown and a lantern with lit  candle will be on display.

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Cllr Caroline Gruen

Cllr Gruen added:

“If you have any memories, photos or memorabilia which has come in to the family through relatives we would be really pleased to see and share it for the purpose of making a book or something similar for access by our community.

“You can do this by contacting John Barker, Secretary of The Friends of Bramley War Memorial at e-mail bramleywm@aol.com or by direct message.

“We will remember together, but sadly physically apart on 8th May.”

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