75th Anniversary Of VE Day – 8th May 2020

Throughout the day on Irvine Beat FM, we marked the occasion of VE Day 75 with various features.

At 11am on the 8th May 2020, the 2 minute national silence was observed.

At 3pm, we ran a special sequence for the “Nation’s Toast” whic included the famous VE Day speech by then Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

During lunchtime, Barry Reilly was joined by author & historian Ian Dickson on the telephone to tell us of the remarkable story of a Scottish-Dutch friendship that has been established 75 years after the end of World War II.

Ian is a familiar voice on Irvine Beat FM as writer and producer of our popular “Moments In Local History” feature.

On this special edition of “Moments In History”, Ian told us the fascinating story about his relation, David Dickson, a flight engineer who was shot down in a Lancaster Bomber over Holland.

Listen Again – Moments In History Special

VE 75 – Moments In History Special

Nation’s Toast

At 3pm, we ran the audio of Sir Winston Churchill delivering his famous VE Day speech, exactly 75 years on from the event.

This was followed by a message from North Ayrshire’s Provost Ian Clarkson.

Listen Again – Nation’s Toast

3pm Toast To The Nation

‘For those that gave so much, we thank you’ 

VE Day Message From North Ayrshire Provost Ian Clarkson