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First VE Concert without our heroes

Created on 25/04/2022 @ 09:11

It will be a somewhat more sombre Victory in Europe Day this year which will be marked for the first time without a living veteran from the conflict.

Last October’s sad death of hero, Jack Ellis MBE (pictured), of Berriew, at the age of 99, means this year will be marked in their memory only, although three of the Land Girls are still living in the area.

A VE Concert will be held in the Methodist Church, Welshpool, on Friday, May 6, featuring vintage singer Maggie O’Hara, RAF Shawbury Military Wives Choir, Porthywaen Silver Band and tenor Philip Evans.

“The concert is one to say ‘thank-you’ to all those men and women from the Welshpool area who did their bit, during the war, including a special tribute to the fallen,” said organiser Alan Crowe.

“I had originally planned the concert to mark the 75th Anniversary of VE Day back in 2020 which had to be cancelled due to lockdown. But since the passing of our last known veteran from the era I decided to revisit the idea so that everyone can come together to join relatives of those involved to offer their thanks.”

The evening will feature several slide shows on a big screen and Alan is appealing for any local war time wedding photos, or photos of any locals in uniform, be it armed services, home guard or land army. These can be emailed to or call 07782166342 to collect.

Tickets for the event can be purchased from Welshpool Jewellers or Alexanders in Welshpool, priced £10.

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