War dead remembered in King’s Lynn VJ Day service

A remembrance service has been held in King's Lynn to mark the 67th anniversary of VJ Day and the end of the second world war.

About 50 veterans, their families, special guests and dignitaries gathered at the war memorial in Tower Gardens this morning (Wednesday) to remember those who fought and died in the Far East.

The service was conducted by a padre from RAF Marham, Philip Corrigan, and included hymns, prayers, the national anthem and The Last Post, performed by bugler David Jackson.

There were representatives from the Royal British Legion King's Lynn branch, King's Lynn and District Far East Prisoners of War Association and the Burma Star Association at the event, organised by the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA).

Special guests included West Norfolk mayor Geoffrey Wareham, RAF Marham Station Commander, Group Captain David Cooper and

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police superintendent Dave Marshall.

Michael Forster, secretary of the King's Lynn and district RAFA, said he was pleased by the turnout.

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'We have only about six who are veterans, they are getting to be very few in number now,' he added.

The branch took over the organisation of the service from the Burma Star Association five years ago.

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