Ken Wilkinson and a Spitfire
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Veterans remember VE day

Friday marks the 70th anniversary of VE Day, when World War Two in Europe came to an end. News of peace was greeted with street parties and celebration.

BBC News spoke to three people who remember the fighting and the declaration of peace.

Ken Wilkinson is now 96. He served with No 19 Squadron throughout WWII as a Spitfire pilot.

Harold Bradley, 91, joined the army as soon as he turned 18. He trained as a signaller and was with 131st Field Regiment Royal Artillery by the time the war ended.

Esme Woodman was 20 when war broke out. She joined the Fire Brigade, moving up the ranks to Water Officer. She is now 94.

Video produced by Stuart Hughes, James Robbins and Claire Brennan

  • 08 May 2015
  • From the section UK
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