South Scotland MSP Colin Smyth has called on local people to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day at home this year.

May 8, 2020 marks 75 years since the guns fell silent and the Second World War in Europe came to an end.

Extensive plans had been made to commemorate the occasion across the south of Scotland, however, the Covid-19 pandemic has forced organisers to postpone everything, with several virtual events taking place instead.

Nationally, a virtual service of remembrance will be broadcast live from the Legion Scotland Facebook page at 10:40 am on Friday (May 8).

The service will be conducted by Legion Scotland Padre Rev Dr Karen Campbell and will include a two-minute silence at 11 am.

The service will then be followed at midday with an hour-long VE Day virtual tribute concert.  The programme will include performances, reading and messages from a host of celebrities and performers.

In Dumfries and Galloway, a virtual service looks set to be broadcast at 1 pm through the council’s social media channels.

Colin Smyth said: “Despite the Covid-19 restrictions, it is important that we still commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day at home and I would like to pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of all those who fought in the Second World War, as well as the many who served on the home front.

“Those brave men and women who fought and gave their lives for our freedom must never be forgotten. As we face the most challenging times since the end of the Second World War, it is more important than ever that we come together, even if it is from our own homes.

“Like many people, I was scheduled to attend events this week to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day. Instead, I will be taking part in online and virtual events taking place across the south of Scotland and if anyone is looking for ideas on how to commemorate the occasion and perhaps raise some money, Poppyscotland has a huge amount of information on its website.

“This charity continues to support our Armed Forces community and by supporting them, local people are supporting the men and women who continue to sacrifice for their country.”

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