Lancashire

People in Preston gather to remember VJ day

The 65th anniversary of Victory over Japan Day (VJ Day) has been commemorated at a ceremony in Preston.

Hundreds of thousands of British troops fought in the Far East during World War II. Almost 30,000 lost their lives.

War veterans and members of the public gathered at the war memorial in Preston cemetery, in New Hall Lane, at 1030 BST.

They observed a minute's silence, played the Last Post and laid wreaths on the memorial.

Col Bernard Stam, President of the Preston and District Veterans Council, said: "This is the only event in Preston which marks both the end of the war against Japan and the final end of World War II.

"Many men from the local area served, suffered and too often died in the Far East in what was one of the very toughest theatres of the Second World War, yet it is perhaps sometimes rather forgotten about here at home."

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