Maroons fired to mark silence in Uckfield on VJ Day anniversary

Maroons were fired to mark the beginning and end of two minutes silence in Uckfield last night on the 70th anniversary of Victory over Japan Day.

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Trumpeter Andy Bamford plays the Last Post in Uckfield on the 70th anniversary of Victory over Japan Day. Click the picture to enlarge it.

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Andy Bamford, a member of Uckfield Concert Brass.

The Last Post and Reveille were sounded by trumpeter Andy Bamford, who plays with Uckfield Concert Brass, and the Union Flag was hoisted into position by veteran Arthur Razzell, from Buxted.

Uckfield Mayor Cllr Louise Eastwood said a prayer as those gathered outside the Civic Centre remembered those who died and were injured in World War II.

Later in the evening there was a celebration of the anniversary at the Civic Centre with party-goers wearing 40s dress and music provided by the Swingshift Big Band.

Victory over Japan Day is the day on which Japan surrendered and brought the war to an end.

On Friday night the beacon at the Victoria Pleasure Ground was lit to commemorate the 70th anniversary.

Arthur Razzell, who was in Tokoyo Bay when the peace treaty was signed, also attended that ceremony and talked about some of his war memories. See our story here: Arthur Razzell remembers horror of Nagasaki and Hiroshima after atomic bombs.

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