It was not possible to miss the fact that there was something to celebrate this morning.
The flags were out celebrating the formal acceptance by the Allies of World War II of Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender of its armed forces on Tuesday, 8 May 1945, marking the end of World War II in Europe.
Shop fronts draped with bunting sporting the Union Jack.
Drab and neglected pubs, closed for the last couple of months due to the pandemic, transformed overnight. “Lest we forget”. But I do question the sentiments. Are we reflecting on the folly of war or glorifying the sacrifice made by so many?
Despite which it was brilliant weather. Good to be alive.
To reflect briefly, to give thanks and hope our kids have enough sense to avoid the next one.
The solemnity of the occasion marked by two minutes of silence at 11am. With the RAF and the Red Arrows staging fly pasts across the country and a ceremony being held at the Cenotaph.