West Norfolk remembers VJ Day

Veterans attend V.J. Day Commemoration  King's Lynn Tower Gardens. ANL-150816-222517009
Veterans attend V.J. Day Commemoration King's Lynn Tower Gardens. ANL-150816-222517009
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People gathered across West Norfolk to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War over the weekend.

VJ Day services were held in Lynn, Downham and Hunstanton to honour the sacrifice made by servicemen in the Far East.

Remembrance parade from Downham town hall to war memorial ANL-150817-083502009

Remembrance parade from Downham town hall to war memorial ANL-150817-083502009

Hundreds of people went along to the service organised by the Royal Air Force Association (RAFA) in Lynn’s Tower Gardens.

Scores of wreaths were laid by dignitaries along with families of Far East servicemen during the service conducted by Canon Paul Wright.

The service was followed by a 1940s themed tea party, organised by West Norfolk Council, in the Conservative Club, which was attended by 32 veterans.

RAFA president Vic Stapley said: “This the 12th year we have conducted the service and it means more and more. This was the biggest turn-out.”

Mayor Andrew Murray laid a wreath at the service of Commemoration and Remembrance conducted by Fr John Bloomfield at Hunstanton’s War Memorial in the Esplanade Gardens on Saturday afternoon.

Vice-chairman of the Hunstanton branch of the Royal British Legion Yvonne Ogden laid a wreath and read the Exhortation and the Kohima Epitaph.

Standards from the Hunstanton branch, the RNLI and the Brownies were lowered for The Silence and Brown Owl Susan Richardson read a poem written by Elizabeth Tucker.

Mr Murray said: “All over the country this weekend people are gathering to remember those who were lost during the Far East conflict and it is gratifying to see so many gathering.”

About 60 people went along on Sunday to the Downham service, which was organised by the Royal British Legion.

A parade gathered at the town hall car park which marched past the war memorial and then onto a service at St Edmund’s Church, conducted by the Rev Alan Davis.

Brigadier Max Mariner took the salute.

Peter Mouncer, from the Legion, said: “Everyone appreciated what we were doing and the turn-out was good.”