VE Day services remember sacrifices from Northamptonshire

The 70th anniversary of VE Day service at the war memorial  in Kettering
The 70th anniversary of VE Day service at the war memorial in Kettering

The fallen of two World Wars were remembered at the weekend.

Towns including Corby and Kettering marked VE Day on Saturday with a two-minute silence and wreath- laying ceremony, while some Irthlingborough residents held a party to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe.

The VE Day commemoration service in Corby

The VE Day commemoration service in Corby

And Corby also marked one of the county’s darkest days of the First World War as the Battle of Aubers Ridge began.

Corby Council flew a flag of remembrance at half mast to mark those soldiers from the county who bravely fought against impossible odds that day.

The Battle of Aubers Ridge saw high casualties suffered by both the 1st and 2nd Battalions of the Northamptonshire Regiment.

From just the villages that today comprise Corby Borough five men were lost; Private Percy Patrick, Corporal Arthur Burrows and Private George Maudlin of Corby, Private David Swan of Weldon and Private Herbert Lank of Gretton.

Mayor of CorbyAnthony Dady said: “The Battle of Aubers Ridge really puts in to perspective how the War affected our local families and community. We will never forget what these soldiers sacrificed for our country.”

In Kettering the Royal British Legion’s service at the war memorial on Saturday was followed by fundraising stalls for the branch next to the Blitz tea rooms.

The party in Irthlingborough took place in Windmill Road on Friday and was organised by Nina Furness and her neighbour Lorraine Douglas.

A few of the people who attended are in their 90s and the total age of all 12 was 948!