70th anniversary of VJ Day marked in Portsmouth

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VETERANS, members of the public and the families of those who fought in the Second World War gathered today to remember VJ Day.

The 70th anniversary of Victory over Japan (VJ) Day was commemorated next to the Cenotaph in Guildhall Square, Portsmouth.

It was attended by the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Councillor Frank Jonas, war veterans, representatives from the armed forces and community organisations.

The service is being led by Reverend Canon Bob White from St Mary’s Church in Fratton.

VJ Day was when Japan surrendered on August 15, 1945, ending the Second World War.

Then there were several readings, with leader of Portsmouth City Council, Councillor Donna Jones starting with a narrative of the day that officially ended the Second World War.

The Portsmouth Military Wives Choir also sang On My Own, Vera Lynn and Amazing Grace.

During the ceremony wreaths were laid, including one by the Lord Mayor, MP Penny Mordaunt and John Smith, member of the Portsmouth Royal British Legion.

Live coverage of the commemorative events being held in London are also being shown on the big screen in Guildhall Square.

And on the Sunday, a choral evensong will be held at Portsmouth Cathedral, in High Street, Old Portsmouth.

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