Ceremony at Guildhall Square to mark VJ Day

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A ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of Victory over Japan Day will take place at the Second World War memorial in Portsmouth’s Guildhall Square on Saturday.

The ceremony, from 11am, will pay tribute to all those who served in the UK armed forces in the Far East, as well as prisoners of war and the civilian internees involved in the campaign.

There will be prayers and readings, and wreathes will be laid dignitaries to mark the occasion.

Then on Sunday, a choral evensong will take place from 6pm at Portsmouth Cathedral in High Street, Old Portsmouth.

Council leader Donna Jones said: ‘It’s important for communities to commemorate events such as these and the ceremonies in the city provide a poignant opportunity to reflect and remember.

‘We must remember the sacrifices people have made, and, coming from a family where people have served around the world in the armed forces, it makes this 
event even more significant for me.’