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Chesterfield remembers VJ Day and the end of the Second World War

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Chesterfield residents are invited to attend a special ceremony to mark VJ Day (Victory over Japan Day) and the end of the Second World War.

Taking place on Saturday 15 August, the ceremony will be held at 10.15am at the war memorial on Rose Hill, opposite the Town Hall.

The event is organised by the Chesterfield and District Combined Ex-Service Associations and supported by Chesterfield Borough Council.

Revd Patrick Coleman will give an address at the service, which will include the Last Post, two minutes silence to remember those who gave their lives, the Kohima Epitaph and Reveille.

The service will be attended by Chesterfield’s mayor and mayoress, Councillor Barry Bingham and his wife June. The mayor will lay a wreath at the war memorial on behalf of Chesterfield residents.

Ireland Colliery Chesterfield Brass Band will play a hymn and the National Anthem.

Councillor Sharon Blank, Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for governance, said: "Thousands of Chesterfield men and women served between 1939 and 1945 and this 70th anniversary is an opportunity for us to come together and recognise the sacrifices they made on behalf of their country.

"Everyone is welcome to come along and share in this short service."

First published on 11 August 2015 Last updated on 12 March 2016