Great Dunmow commemorated the 75th anniversary of VJ Day

Poppy wreaths were laid as Great Dunmow commemorated the 75th anniversary of VJ Day. Picture: Mike P

Poppy wreaths were laid as Great Dunmow commemorated the 75th anniversary of VJ Day. Picture: Mike Perry - Credit: Mike Perry

Dunmow commemorated the 75th anniversary of VJ Day, which marked both the surrender of Japan and the end of the Second World War, with a series of events on Saturday (August 15).

Great Dunmow commemorated the 75th anniversary of VJ Day. Picture: Mike Perry

Great Dunmow commemorated the 75th anniversary of VJ Day. Picture: Mike Perry - Credit: Mike Perry

At 6am, lone piper Janet Johnston played Battle’s O’er at the Dunmow War Memorial in the presence of deputy mayor Mike Lavelle while town mayor Mike Coleman raised the Union flag and the town flag on Talberts Lea.

Andy King of the Dunmow Town Band played The Last Post at 10.58am, followed by the 11am two minute silence observed at the war memorial.

Mayor Mike Coleman and Margaret Cole, President of the Dunmow & District Royal British Legion, then laid wreaths at the Memorial.

Town crier Richard Harris read The Cry for Peace around the World, to mark the end of the war 75 years ago.

Great Dunmow commemorated the 75th anniversary of VJ Day. Picture: Mike Perry

Great Dunmow commemorated the 75th anniversary of VJ Day. Picture: Mike Perry - Credit: Mike Perry


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A tribute to Dame Vera Lynn followed, with Mezzo Soprano Nancy May singing The White Cliffs of Dover and We’ll Meet Again. Dame Vera Lynn spent time in the Far East, entertaining the troops during the Second World War.

At 8.21pm, the Sunset event was held in Talberds Ley as a finale, with eight musicians from Dunmow Town Band playing. The town crier proclaimed the 75th anniversaary and the Union flag and town flag were lowered.

Andy King of the Dunmow Town Band played the Last Post for VJ Day 2020. Picture: Mike Perry

Andy King of the Dunmow Town Band played the Last Post for VJ Day 2020. Picture: Mike Perry - Credit: Mike Perry

Great Dunmow Mayor Michael Coleman laid a wreath at the war memorial on VJ Day. Picture: Mike Perry

Great Dunmow Mayor Michael Coleman laid a wreath at the war memorial on VJ Day. Picture: Mike Perry - Credit: Mike Perry

Margaret Cole, President of the Dunmow & District Royal British Legion, lay a wreath at the Great Du

Margaret Cole, President of the Dunmow & District Royal British Legion, lay a wreath at the Great Dunmow memorial during commemorations for the 75th anniversary of VJ Day. Picture: Mike Perry - Credit: Mike Perry

Town Crier Richard Harris took part in Great Dunmow's commemoration of the 75th anniversary of VJ Da

Town Crier Richard Harris took part in Great Dunmow's commemoration of the 75th anniversary of VJ Day. Picture: Mike Perry - Credit: Mike Perry

Great Dunmow commemorated the 75th anniversary of VJ Day. Town Crier Richard Harris read The Cry for

Great Dunmow commemorated the 75th anniversary of VJ Day. Town Crier Richard Harris read The Cry for Peace around the World. Picture: Mike Perry - Credit: Mike Perry

Nancy May sang Dame Vera Lynn songs as part of Great Dunmow's 75th anniversary for VJ Day. Picture:

Nancy May sang Dame Vera Lynn songs as part of Great Dunmow's 75th anniversary for VJ Day. Picture: Mike Perry - Credit: Mike Perry

Great Dunmow commemorated the 75th anniversary of VJ Day at the War Memorial. Picture: Mike Perry

Great Dunmow commemorated the 75th anniversary of VJ Day at the War Memorial. Picture: Mike Perry - Credit: Mike Perry

Great Dunmow Town Council mayor Mike Coleman lowers the flags at the sunset finale to VJ Day 2020. P

Great Dunmow Town Council mayor Mike Coleman lowers the flags at the sunset finale to VJ Day 2020. Picture: Mike Perry - Credit: Mike Perry

Dunmow Town Crier Richard Harris at the sunset event for VJ Day 2020, as mayor Mike Coleman lowers t

Dunmow Town Crier Richard Harris at the sunset event for VJ Day 2020, as mayor Mike Coleman lowers the flags. Picture: Mike Perry - Credit: Mike Perry

Members of Dunmow Town Band played Sunset while the Union Flag and Town Flag were lowered for VJ Day

Members of Dunmow Town Band played Sunset while the Union Flag and Town Flag were lowered for VJ Day 2020. Picture: Mike Perry - Credit: Mike Perry

Dunmow Town Band took part in VJ Day 2020 commemorations. Picture: Mike Perry

Dunmow Town Band took part in VJ Day 2020 commemorations. Picture: Mike Perry - Credit: Mike Perry

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