AN OXFORD musician will play the bagpipes as part of a special event on VE Day.

Victory in Europe Day, generally known as VE Day, will happen on Friday.

As part of the celebrations William Smith will play the pipes at the junction of Lathbury Road and Woodstock Road at 3pm.

It is part of a nationwide commemoration of the end of the Second World War.

The idea is bagpipe players from around the world, in at least 28 countries, will play Battle’s O’er – a traditional march tune that was especially written to mark the VE day.

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Mr Smith said: “I am proud to be participating in this historic international event to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day, a pivotal moment in our history.

“It’s a chance to commemorate those who sacrificed so much and celebrate the peace that they achieved.”

Organiser and pageantmaster Bruno Peek said: “The fact that over one thousand pipers in 28 countries are still taking part from the safety of their homes during this difficult time in all our lives shows the determination and strength of the family of piping throughout the world that wants to pay tribute to the many pipers that lost their lives during WWII.

"I will have a tear in my eyes on the day, knowing that these pipers are playing this together at this special moment in time."