BBC Northern Ireland to Mark VE Day 75

BBC Northern Ireland

BBC Northern Ireland will mark 75 years since the end of World War Two with a range of content and features across news, radio and online.

Audiences can be transported back to that momentous day in 1945 by visiting a new online resource, launching on Friday 8 May, to explore how events unfolded here in Northern Ireland.

Developed with the NI War Memorial it combines photos, audio stories and first-hand memories of that day to see how people here reacted to the news that the war was over. This resource – VE Day as it happened in Northern Ireland – will be available on BBC Northern Ireland online.

Belfast Blitz is a series of animations available to watch on the BBC iPlayer now. These four short films, based on a script by Jonathan Bardon, tell stories of the impact the bombing had on Belfast in the 1940s.

BBC Radio Ulster/Foyle will reflect the mood and memories of May 1945 both on the day and across a range of programmes during the Bank Holiday weekend, including Your Place And Mine, Sunday Sequence, Sounds Sacred and Sunday With Steven Rainey. And there will be a special Jazz Club at 9pm on Sunday 10 May as Walter Love plays jazz music of the 1940s.

The stations will also feature listener requests and explore what this anniversary means to BBC audiences, including younger people, and how it is being marked despite the challenges and restrictions of lockdown.

BBC News in Northern Ireland will have a series of features, interviews and reports about VE Day and its 75th anniversary on radio, television and online.

BBC Northern Ireland’s local Bitesize GCSE resources will also examine the impact of Nazi air raids on Belfast and its region, and the effect of wartime events and experiences on different aspects of life, including politics and the economy available.