Veterans will lead the commemorations as Wolverhampton marks the 70th anniversary of VE Day on Friday 8 May, 2015.

They will join civic dignitaries and members of the public to mark seven decades since the anniversary of the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany to the Allies – an event which heralded the end of the Second World War in Europe.

The central branch of the City of Wolverhampton Royal British Legion and the Ex-Service Council will hold a service of remembrance at the Cenotaph, St Peter's Square, starting at 11.30am.

Mayor of Wolverhampton Councillor Mike Heap will be among those laying memorial wreaths during the service and said: “This year is the 70th anniversay of the end of the Second World War in Europe, a momentous occasion for our nation and one which is rightly commemorated every year.

“VE Day is an opportunity for the nation to remember the courage and bravery of millions of men and women who served and in many cases died for their country in the Second World War and other conflicts.

“These men and women helped our country at its time of greatest need, both abroad and on the Home Front.”

Lyndon Purnell, chair of the central branch of the City of Wolverhampton Royal British Legion, added: “With this year being the 70th anniversary of VE Day, we're hoping that as many people as possible will come along and take part in the ceremony and remember the sacrifices shown by countless Wulfrunians who served for their country in one way or another."

The service will begin with a parade of standards and veterans to the Cenotaph, followed by prayers, the Kohima homily and exhortation and the Last Post.