St Albans marks 70th anniversary of VE Day

St Michael's ringers in St Albans

St Michael's ringers in St Albans - Credit: Photo supplied

Today is the anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, and St Albans is joining the rest of the country in marking 70 years since the Second World War ended.

St Albans Abbey will hold a two-minute silence on the cathedral floor at 3pm.

A special floral arrangement is also being created for the cathedral’s memorial chapel.

And on Saturday church bells will ring out throughout the nation to commemorate VE Day, with both the Abbey and St Michael’s church taking part from 11am.

Alison Evans, tower captain at St Michael’s, said: “It is a great opportunity to join in with ringers across the country as they mark this anniversary - especially if the ringing prompts people to reflect on the three strands to the commemoration: to remember the sacrifice and determination of those involved, to give thanks to those who played their part and to celebrate peace and reconciliation.”

The band at St Michael’s is currently looking for new members. For more information, please phone Alison on 01727 856845 or email

On Sunday the Mayor of St Albans will attend Evensong at 6.30pm at the cathedral, with prayers being held for VE Day.