17 August 2020

VJ Day 75th anniversary marked in Lyme Regis

VJ Day 75th anniversary marked in Lyme Regis

THE 75th anniversary of VJ Day was marked in Lyme Regis with the laying of wreaths and lighting of the town's beacon.

On Saturday 15 August, the town marked the anniversary of Victory over Japan Day, remembering the day in 1945 which brought the Second World War to an end.

Wreaths were laid at the town's war memorial by the mayor Cllr Brian Larcombe MBE, accompanied by mayoress Wendy Larcombe, and representatives of the Royal British Legion.

In the evening, town crier Alan Vian took part in the National Cry for Peace, made from the North Wall of the Cobb.

This was followed by the lighting of a beacon by the mayor and mayoress.

"The extent of the marking of this important 75th anniversary of VJ Day was limited by current restrictions regarding public gatherings, as was VE Day similarly in May, but it is hoped that the significance of it being the 75th anniversary of both VE and VJ days and the ending of World War Two will be more visibly commemorated on Remembrance Day on the 11th November, Government and COVID restrictions permitting.

"British forces in the Far East campaign has been described by some as 'the forgotten army' but the service given and lives lost wasn't forgotten on Saturday". 

Our thanks to Daryl Turner and Max Redwood for supplying pictures of this event.