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Beacons to be lit at sunset across UK to mark VE Day

More than 100 beacons will be lit across the United Kingdom at 9:32pm this evening to mark the 70th anniversary of the announcement of the end of war in Europe.

Three days of VE Day memorials and celebrations began earlier with a ceremony at the Cenotaph in London.

Henry Shackleton, who served as a RAF Pathfinder pilot during World War II, posed with a lit beacon at Dover Castle in Kent ahead of the anniversary. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

A total 107 beacons will be lit across the country, led by the Queen at Windsor Castle at 9.30pm.

The rest of the country will follow two minutes later to mark the exact moment peace was publicly declared seven decades ago.

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