Preston to host parade to mark 70th anniversary of VJ Day

MEMORIES: Bernard Stam

MEMORIES: Bernard Stam

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Preston’s veterans are to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II with a parade on VJ Day – Victory over Japan Day – on Saturday August 15.

Colonel Bernard Stam, President of the Preston and District Veterans Council, said: “So many Preston and Lancashire men suffered and died in the dreadful war against Japan that marking VJ Day has always been important to us.

“With this year being the 70th anniversary we believe it is perhaps especially important to commemorate their suffering.”

Led by a parade of standards, veterans from Preston’s ex-Service associations will gather at the War Memorial in Preston Cemetery to mark the day when Japan stopped fighting. The war in the Far East was fought in especially terrible conditions of horror and brutality.

It has always had particular significance locally because of the capture of the Preston-based 2nd and 5th Battalions of the Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire) at the fall of Singapore in1942.

Its members were amongst the thousands of Allied soldiers, sailors and airmen who suffered and died in over three years of torture and ill-treatment by the Japanese.

The Preston District Veterans Council Chaplain, Canon Timothy Lipscomb, will lead the service.

The ceremony will start at 10.45am.