Grant to hold Second World War anniversary events

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A summer of events to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War is being organised – and Fenland residents are being urged to get involved.

‘The Home Front: Cambridgeshire Commemorates the End of WW2’ will take place across the county between May and September.

It will be an opportunity for residents to come together to remember the wartime effort, celebrate the peace in 1945 and learn and reminisce about the ‘unforgettable Forties’ era.

And to help local groups and organisations get into the spirit, grants of up to £500 are available to support community activities linked to and inspired by the 70th anniversary and wartime Britain. The deadline for the second round of grant applications is on Monday, March 9.

Leader of Fenland Council, John Clark, said: “Last year we marked the centenary of a tragic event – the start of the First World War.

“This year gives us the chance to commemorate a much happier anniversary.

“I’m sure people throughout Fenland will want to join in the celebrations that will be taking place all over the county.”

The commemorations are being coordinated by Cambridgeshire County Council alongside Fenland, Cambridge City, East Cambridgeshire, Huntingdonshire and South Cambridgeshire councils.

• Apply for a Home Front grant and keep up to date with the latest planned activities on the newly-launched webpages at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/ww2