Amsterdam is often talked of as a liberated place, but this was literally the case on 5th May 1945 and the historic anniversary is marked with a range of celebrations in the Dutch capital.
The date is a national holiday and a range of events takes place, including parades and commemorations, plus several free open air concerts, such as the Liberation Festival, offering plenty of live music.
With the Queen attending many of the events over May 4th-5th, this is a significant feature of the national calendar, marking the end of a dark period in the nation's history.
People catching ferries from Newcastle to Amsterdam
can learn more about the wartime occupation years at Anne Frank House, the hiding place of the Jewish girl whose secret diaries later became so famous.
The plight of the Frank family is featured in an exhibition showing at the museum until September, entitled We Too Might Move On.
Posted by Mark Robinson