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70th anniversary of VJ Day service

A service commemorating the 70th Anniversary of VJ Day is being held in Tower Gardens on Saturday, 15 August 2015, starting at 11am.

Organised by the Royal Air Forces Association, the service will be led by Canon Paul Wright MA RAuxAF, Sub-Dean HM Chapels Royal, and will be attended by WWII veterans along with the Deputy Lieutenant, Dr Paul Richards, the Mayor of the Borough of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, Cllr Colin Manning, the High Sheriff of Norfolk, Nick Pratt and the Vice Chairman of the County Council, David Collis and Leader of the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, Cllr Nick Daubney.

Members of the public are welcome to attend to remember those who fought to assure our freedom and those that laid down their lives for their country.

Wing Commander Stapley OBE DFC, President of the King’s Lynn Branch of the Royal Air Forces Association, said: “We are delighted to join the Mayor of the Borough of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk in inviting our WWII veterans, especially former members of the Burma Star Association and the Far East Prisoners of War and of course members of the public to this very special service. It was 12 years ago when the Burma Star Association laid up their Standard owing to the falling membership. It was at that time that they accepted our offer to organise the annual service. We have been pleased to arrange the service ever since and feel honoured in being asked to do so. We hope that many of our veterans will join us and wear their medals with pride.”

The service, which starts at 11am, will be conducted around the Burma Star Memorial in the Tower Gardens. Chairs will be made available for the verterans and every effort made to provide the best possible view for everyone. Some parking bays have been cordoned off in St James Street for the benefit of blue badge holders attending the event.

Following the service, there will be a 1940s-style tea party for veterans and their guests at the Conservative Club in King’s Lynn.

The Mayor, Cllr Colin Manning, said: “We have been trying to get in touch with World War II veterans in West Norfolk and have been delighted by the response that we have had. We are expecting around 30 for our special commemorative tea party and we are looking forward to meeting them and hearing their stories. We owe a great deal to those who fought for their country during the war, and the 70th anniversary of VJ Day provides us with an opportunity to say thank you.”

The service in the Tower Gardens is open to all. The tea party is strictly by invitation only.

 

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