VJ Day marked in King’s Lynn

Veterans gather for 66th anniversary

Around 50 people gathered in King's Lynn on Monday to mark the 66th anniversary of VJ Day.

A service of remembrance was held in the town's Tower Gardens at 11am attended by West Norfolk mayor Colin Sampson and representatives from the uniformed services.

Led by the Rev Sally Kimmis, the service included a wreath-laying ceremony at the war memorial.

The mayor was joined by Gp Capt Pete Rochelle, station commander of RAF Marham, Supt David Marshall, of the police and Gordon McAlmont from the fire service.

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Wreaths were also laid by chairman of Norfolk County Council Shelagh Hutson, the Burma Star Association, Far East Prisoners of War Association, RAF Association and the Royal British Legion.

Four standard bearers, three from the Legion and one from the RAF Association, also took part.

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The Last Post was played by bugler David Jackson before a minute's silence was held.

He then played Reveille after the Kohima Epitaph: 'When you go home, tell them of us and say, for your tomorrow, we gave our day,' had been read.

Members of the public and veterans also attended the ceremony along with the leader of West Norfolk Council Nick Daubney.

The anniversary marks the day that Japan surrendered at the end of the second world war.

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