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How VJ Day was to be celebrated by the town in 1945

Details of how Lynn families and residents would celebrate VJ Day were given in the Lynn News and Advertiser in early August, 1945.

Here is a snapshot of the planned arrangements:

  • At 11am on VJ Day there will be a united service of thanksgiving on the Tuesday Market Place – if wet in the Corn Exchange – attended by the Mayor and members of the Corporation.
Collecting wood for the bonfire on VJ Day (39942526)
Collecting wood for the bonfire on VJ Day (39942526)
  • The bells of St Margaret’s Church will ring a victory peal as soon after the official announcement as is practicable.
  • Bunting provided by Lynn Chamber of Trade and Commerce will be put up in High Street and Norfolk Street; public buildings will fly the flags of the United Nations (as many as they have); householders are planning to put up illuminated signs with coloured bulbs.
  • Lynn’s official victory bonfire will be lit on The Walks recreation ground at 9.30pm on VJ Day, but throughout the town children are busy collecting materials for their own street bonfires.
  • Food shops will probably open for an hour or two, to enable housewives to complete necessary purchases.
  • The two days following VJ Day will both be public holidays although there will be a reduced service at post offices.
  • Generally speaking the rejoicings will follow the lines of VE Day, but this time it will be with the knowledge that this is Final Victory.

In early September 1945, the Lynn News and Advertiser in a front page article invited readers to give their views on two highly topical subjects:

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