Downham Market to hold VJ Day parade

Battle of Britain memorial parade at Downham Market war memorial.''Contact Len Algar on 01366 381218 ANL-140922-084935009
Battle of Britain memorial parade at Downham Market war memorial.''Contact Len Algar on 01366 381218 ANL-140922-084935009
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Veterans will be remembering the men who paid the ultimate sacrifice as the country marks the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

The Downham branch of the Royal British Legion will be marking VJ Day with a parade and service on Sunday, August 16.

More than 190,000 British and Commonwealth servicemen were taken prisoner by Japanese forces in the early part of the war.

Many were used as slave labour to build the infamous Thailand-Burma Death Railway and lived on poor rations. These men were seven times more likely to die than the European prisoners of war.

The country will officially mark VJ Day on Saturday, August 15.

Poppy appeal co-ordinator Peter Mouncer is hoping groups and people across the town will support the event.

He said: “It is important commemorate the gallantry of the men who served in the Far East. They are very important.

“I would encourage people to support the parade. Any organisation can come along and lay a wreath.”

The parade will muster in the Town Hall car park before moving off at 2.30pm.

The procession will walk to the war memorial where wreaths will be laid before heading to St Edmund’s Church for a service at 3pm. Names of the men who had died in the Second World War will be read.

Brig Max Marriner will be attending along with Harry Bowdry, who was sunk in the Malacca Straights.

For more information contact 01366 387660 or 01366 384726.