VE Day 70: A Party to Remember

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VE Day 70: A Party to Remember
Swing and traditional pop music concert by various artists with spoken word recitals
VenueHorse Guards Parade, London, England
Date(s)9 May 2015 (2015-05-09)

VE Day 70: A Party To Remember was a 1940s themed concert and party held on Saturday 9 May 2015 on Horse Guards Parade in London. It was hosted by The Royal British Legion, as part of the three-day celebration to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day.[1]


The concert was presented by Chris Evans, and performers included (in order of first appearance):

A message from Dame Vera Lynn was also read out, filmed interviews were shown and actor Adrian Lester read an account of fighter pilot Hugh Dundas. World War II veterans including Chelsea pensioners were guests of honour.

When reading the letter written by Lieutenant Morrison, the last he would ever write, actress Jane Horrocks was overcome with emotion.[2]


The concert was broadcast live on BBC Radio 2 from 7.30pm to 10.00pm, with a later broadcast on BBC One and BBC One HD from 8.30pm to 10.25 pm. Ken Bruce provided commentary for the radio broadcast and the event was produced by Mark Simpson for the BBC.[3][4][5][6]


  1. ^ "VE Day: London concert held to mark anniversary - BBC News". 6 May 2015. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
  2. ^ "Actress cries reading WW2 letter". BBC News.
  3. ^ VE Day Anniversary Concert at BBC. Retrieved 9 May 2015
  4. ^ 70th Anniversary extravaganza at The Standard. Retrieved 9 May 2015
  5. ^ VE Day Concert Katherine Jenkins, Pixie Lott, Status Quo Lead Party at The Standard Retrieved 11 May 2015
  6. ^ VE Day events at Retrieved 9 May 2015

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