Toowoomba Region’s Town Crier Kevin Howarth joined a global chorus commemorating one of the most momentous days of World War II when he delivers a heartfelt tribute at Toowoomba’s Mother’s Memorial on May 8.

Howarth joined a worldwide program to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day (Victory in Europe), marking the end of World War II hostilities in Europe. He said he had been practising a cry that had been written specially for the occasion.

“The Cry for Peace Around the World activity is one of two international commemorative events that is still taking place to mark the date, given the restrictions that have been enforced around public gatherings,” Howarth said, “I am honoured to join my fellow Town Criers across Australia and the world to proclaim the 75th anniversary of this memorable date.”

Five Town Criers from Southern Queensland and more than a dozen from Australia and others in New Zealand were amongst the first officials to ring their bells to start A Cry for Peace Around the World. Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio said the commemorative activity meant the landmark anniversary was recognised in a fitting manner, despite the ban on public gatherings.

“The Toowoomba Region and Australia still honours the service and sacrifice of veterans who played a vital part in the Second World War across Europe,” Mayor Antonio said.

On 8 May 1945, huge crowds across Britain gathered to dance, sing and rejoice at the news with bonfires lit across much of Occupied Europe and other celebrations in the United States and Australia. British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, in a national broadcast on 8 May 8 1945 referred to “the evil-doers, who are now prostrate before us”.

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