VE Day 70: A Party to Remember
It may be 70 years since the end of WW2 but thousands turned up to remember those who gave their lives for a peaceful world. I went to the VE Day 70 concert organised by the British Legion and the BBC, held in London at Horse Guards parade. This photo has it all. The plane, the flag, the romantic couple and someone taking a selfie.
It was a great opportunity for those who love to dress up in period costume of the 1940s.
Press photographers were on hand to snap those who were willing to pose. I snuck in along side them.
At the time I thought I was unlucky with the flag covering their faces. Now I’ve down loaded my shots, I’m sure it was deliberate and I think makes this one special. Its the modest or censored version, you decide.
Not all photographers were professionals. Plenty of people brought their gear along for a photo op.
Which way is up? These ladies were getting set up for a press shot.
I spotted this gent before the snapper but this is the most spectacular view of his outfit.
These good folks were on hand for others to have their picture snapped with them. I managed to catch a couple of shots in between family portraits.
I loved the attention to detail some people went to. I was focusing on this lady’s hat. But she also wore seamed stockings. Her hair was exquisitely rolled. Every detail was just so.
Waiting for it all to begin.
For the warm-up, Chris Evans asked us to all take a selfie and tweet it to get the event trending in tweeter. You can tell that I disobeyed orders. Good thing there wasn’t a war on.
More practice flag waving for the warm-up.
Francis Rossi sang his heart out and was very moving with Status Quo’s version of In the Army Now.
The actors weren’t all announced. I think this was Adrian Lester reading out words of a veteran, pictured above.
As you can see, I wasn’t ideally seated to photograph the concert but this gives you a flavour of the experience, live.