Amble war veteran helps light up the special celebrations

Second World War veteran Edith Hunter and Deputy Leader of Northumberland County Council Coun Dave Ledger at the beacon.
Second World War veteran Edith Hunter and Deputy Leader of Northumberland County Council Coun Dave Ledger at the beacon.

An Amble World War Two veteran helped light a special beacon to help commemorate the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day.

Edith Hunter joined the deputy leader of Northumberland County Council Coun Dave Ledger to do the honours at Woodhorn Museum, in Ashington, on Friday night.

Edith Hunter in the 1940s.

Edith Hunter in the 1940s.

The 93-year-old, who served in the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF), described the honour of helping to light the beacon as enjoyable and wonderful.

Edith signed up to the WAAF in November 1942, before being demobbed four years later. During that time, she was posted to Morecombe and Fife, among other places.

Those to attend the special event at Woodhorn included Coun Jeff Watson and his wife June Watson of the Royal British Legion, Coun Val Tyler, museum director Keith Merrin and military personnel.

The special gas-fuelled beacon produced for VE Day this year featured a unique burner head in the shape of a V for victory.

The beacon at Woodhorn was one of more than 200 to be lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands and Isle of Man on Friday, following the lighting of the Principal Beacon outside Windsor Castle by the Queen.

The event marked the start of a week of commemoration and remembrance of all those who took part in the Second World War in Europe, both on the Home Front and overseas.