Arthur Razzell (left) with Uckfield Town Mayor, Ian Smith, and Norman Mayers, Royal British Legion branch secretary

70th anniversay of VE Day events under way in Uckfield

The first event in Uckfield to mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day took place outside the Civic Centre.

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The Union Flag flutters after being raised by a World War Two veteran on the 70th anniversary of VE Day

A maroon sounded the start of a two minutes’ silence, remembering those who died and were injured in World War Two.

A maroon sounded again to end the silence and the Union Flag was hauled into position by veteran Arthur Razzell, from Buxted.

On VE Day, Mr Razzell’s war looked as if it would have a long time to run.

He was in the Pacific as a 17-year-old Midshipman on the staff of Admiral Sir Bruce Fraser, on HMS Duke of York, the Navy’s flagship in the Pacific.

In the end the war against the Japanese lasted only another three months and ended after the dropping of two atom bombs.

Further events took place at The Picture House here and the Victoria Pleasure Ground here

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Arthur Razzell from Buxted. Medals on his right chest were his father’s dating from the Boer War and World War 1. Arthur’s dad was in the Army

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A small group stands in silence outside Uckfield Civic Centre on the 70th anniversary of VE Day

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Remembrance poppies by the walkway to Uckfield Civic Centre on the 70th anniversary of VE Day

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