Whilst VE Day (Victory in Europe) marked the end of the war in Europe in May 1945, many thousands of Armed Forces personnel were still engaged in bitter fighting in the Far East. Victory over Japan would come at a heavy price, and Victory over Japan Day (VJ Day) marks the day Japan surrendered on the 15 August 1945, which in effect ended the Second World War.
Throughout the day this event will be remembered with events across the country. In Lyme Regis the Mayor and representatives of the Royal British Legion will lay a wreath at the town’s war memorial.
At 19.00 The Town Crier, Alan Vian, will take part in the National Cry for Peace to be made by Town Criers all over the world. The Cry will be made from the North Wall of the Cobb and will be followed by the lighting of a beacon by the Mayor, Councillor Brian Larcombe MBE accompanied by the Mayoress.
Those wishing to watch this event are requested to observe appropriate social distancing.
This is event has now passed. Read report at VJ Day 75 Lyme Regis.