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The Veterans Charity, which is based in the centre of Barnstaple, has announced plans for a spectacular event to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day.


VE Festival will be taking place on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th May in the Town Centre, using the excellent spaces in the Town Square, Pannier Market and historic Butcher’s Row.

Plans include a 1940’s themed evening in the Town Square featuring live performances by Tamsin Ball and a very special visual presentation titled “Countdown to Victory” which is being created especially for The Veterans Charity by the team behind ‘Ilfracombe Remembers’. The evening will also feature a cash bar, a DJ playing a variety of 1940’s tunes, period vehicles, dancing and food concessions.


Sunday’s event will be taking place in the Pannier Market building and Butcher’s Row and features live music throughout the day from artists such as The Liberty Sisters, Tamsin Ball and the Golden Coast Big Band. There will also be a second visual effects presentation showing a more local history, a special WW2 ‘Time Tunnel’, Children’s Street Party for up to 200 Children who will be treated to a free lunch as well as a magic and Punch & Judy Show by local legend, Dave Hendy. There will also be many displays, exhibits, dancing, a cash bar, catering concessions and support from many of the town’s businesses who will be supporting the weekend.


Event creator and CEO of The Veterans Charity, Danny Greeno says “North Devon has a very rich history associated with WW2 and with VE Day 75 being celebrated across the world, we wanted to put something very special together for everyone in the region to enjoy as well as promote greater awareness of our local history and how those events have shaped our lives today. We’ve lined up some incredible entertainment and attractions including something very special indeed which is being created by the ream behind the spectacular Ilfracombe Remembers display!


In the true spirit of the day, VE Festival will be FREE to enter with donations going directly to The Veterans Charity. It is hoped that thousands will attend both day’s events and help to support the charity as well as pay respects to those who gave so much during 1939-1945.


More information about this exciting event can be found at

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