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VJ Day 75th anniversary commemorative service in Sudbury to be live-streamed online

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A memorial service in Sudbury, marking the 75th anniversary of VJ (Victory in Japan) Day, will be live-streamed online this weekend, to enable the public to be part of the commemoration amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The virtual ceremony will take place at the British War Memorial in The Croft on Saturday, and will be available for members of the public to view on Facebook Live.

Starting at 11am, the ceremony will begin with welcome prayers by the Rev Canon Cheryl Collins and a speech by town mayor Jack Owen.

VJ Day (40418650)
VJ Day (40418650)

There will then be a reading of the names listed on the memorial, an exhortation by an officer from the Sudbury Royal British Legion (RBL), and a playing of The Last Post.

It will conclude with the laying of wreaths by the mayor, the RBL officer and the deputy lord lieutenant, Geoffrey Probert, folowed by closing prayers.

Sudbury Town Council events co-ordinator Teresa Elford said: “Obviously, with the Covid-19 situation, the format for this ceremony has been considerably changed from our original plans.

“However, I feel with what has been arranged will still ensure that Sudbury will be honouring this historic occasion.”

For more information, visit www.sudburytowncouncil.co.uk/vjday75.

Earlier in the day, town piper Tricia Drawbridge will be piping outside St Peter’s in Market Hill from 6am, to mark the occasion.

There will also be a limited number of commemorative slate coasters available from Sudbury Royal British Legion, priced at £4.50.

If you are interested in buying a coaster, call RBL branch chairman Colin Smith on 07842 688095.