Lyme to commemorate VJ Day anniversary

WHILST Victory in Europe Day (VE Day) marked the end of the war in Europe in May 1945, many thousands of Armed Forces personnel were still engaged in bitter fighting in the Far East.

Victory over Japan would come at a heavy price, and Victory over Japan Day (VJ Day) marks the day Japan surrendered on August 15 1945, which in effect ended the Second World War.

The 75th anniversary of VJ Day will be marked on Saturday, August 15 with events throughout the country.

In Lyme Regis, the mayor and representatives of the Royal British Legion will lay a wreath at the town’s war memorial in a private ceremony.

At 7pm, town crier Alan Vian will take part in the National Cry for Peace to be made by town criers all over the world.

The cry will made from the North Wall and will be followed by the lighting of a beacon by the Mayor, Councillor Brian Larcombe MBE, accompanied by the mayoress.

Those wishing to watch this event are requested to observe appropriate social distancing.

The 75th anniversary of VE Day was marked in May by Lyme Regis residents who decorated their houses and held private garden parties in line with coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

Click here to watch LymeOnline’s video of the VE Day celebrations.

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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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