ANGUS Provost a focus of ANGUSalive’s VE Day celebrations

ANGUS Provost a focus of ANGUSalive’s VE Day celebrations

Friday 8 May 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day (VE Day). On that day in 1945, celebrations erupted throughout the western world, but especially in Great Britain and North America. More than one million people celebrated in the streets throughout the United Kingdom to mark the end of the European part of the war.

As part of a week-long online display to mark the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, Angus Archives will be highlighting items from our collections featuring aspects of Angus’ experiences in World War II.

Archives & Local History Lead, Craig Pearson, said, “Although it is disappointing for everyone that our scheduled event to mark this historical event has been cancelled, it is important that everyone stays at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus. We hope to encourage virtual visitors to connect with this historically significant event through our online feature which showcases documents and photographs from Angus Archives’ extensive collections.”

Starting on Monday, we will feature a selection of war diaries from the archives’ collections. Colin Ironside’s diary provides a general but detailed account of World War II, while David Kerr, who served in the Royal Navy during the D-Day landings, shares his experiences of that historic day.

Tuesday’s post looks at one of the many Luftwaffe air raids which targeted Angus’ towns during 1940. Out of the destruction comes a story of how a young girl in Montrose helped those around her.

On Wednesday we look at the 10th Polish Mechanised Brigade, who from 1940-1942, were based in Forfar. They were one of many Allied regiments who were stationed around the United Kingdom as nations fell to Nazi Germany. In 1941 the Brigade were visited by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth as part of their inspection of Polish forces on the Scottish East Coast.

One of Brechin’s most famous sons, Robert Watson-Watt, will feature on Thursday. His contribution to the war effort, through the development of radio direction finding and radar, assisted the Royal Air Force and ultimately the defence of the nation.

The Archive’s regular Friday Feature takes a closer look at the Home Guard, who were the last line of defence in the event of enemy invasion. We will showcase photographs of different Home Guard platoons and see the secret orders of the Tannadice platoon.

To mark the 75th anniversary of the exact time and date of Sir Winston Churchill’s address to the nation, Angus Archive will post a special video of images from across Angus during World War II. To accompany it will be a recreation of Churchill’s famous words kindly delivered by Councillor Ronnie Proctor, Provost of Angus.

Cllr Proctor, will also feature in a specially produced podcast as part of ANGUSalive’s Road to Angus series where he will discuss the role the Black Watch played in WW2 and how many of them did not return back until 1948, 3 years after VE day.

Councillor Ronnie Proctor, who served in the Black Watch for 40 years and is currently Secretary of The Regimental Association, added: “I’m delighted to be supporting ANGUSalive’s VE Day celebrations which will enable people to celebrate this important date from home.  It’s incredibly sad that many events organised throughout the world to mark this important day have had to be cancelled while we face a very different crisis for our country, however still being able to mark it in some way through these online activities helps us ensure the day still gets the focus and celebratory attention it deserves.”

Concluding the week, on Saturday we will highlight the ‘Red Lichtie’, the Spitfire paid for by the residents of Arbroath and named in their honour. We will follow its journey from the start of the Arbroath Spitfire Fund to its home at Montrose Air Station.

It is our hope that everyone will join in throughout the week by sharing their own family images and stories of VE Day. For more information about the virtual feature visit our social media channels at https://www.facebook.com/AngusArchives

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