WW2 veteran attends VE Day 70th anniversary celebration

A World War 2 veteran was the special guest at the Royal British Legion dinner celebrating the 70th anniversary of VE Day last weekend.

George Bailey, 93, brought the memory of the conflict to life as he spoke a few words in memory of all the comrades he served with in the fighting across Europe.

The celebration dinner, at Lazy Jacks Bar & Grill on Lagos Marina, organised by James and Sue Howe of the Western Area branch of the RBL (Portugal), raised €228 for the Legion’s Poppy Appeal.

Sue said: “The turnout was fantastic and guests came from all three branches of the military, Army, Air Force and Royal Navy.

“It was wonderful to have George as a very special guest and, more importantly, a real link back to the joy of that day in 1945 when victory in Europe was declared after six years of fighting.”

George enjoyed spending time with other former military personnel of more recent times and says he hopes to attend more Royal British Legion events in the Algarve.

The next Royal British Legion Western Area event will be a Garden Poppy Day Picnic at the Casa Grande in Burgau, on June 27, from 2pm to 6pm.


Photo: World War II veteran George Bailey