Picture gallery: Wellingborough VJ Day service

The VJ Day commemoration with special guest Capt Keizo Kitagawa, defence attache from the Embassy of Japan
The VJ Day commemoration with special guest Capt Keizo Kitagawa, defence attache from the Embassy of Japan

A service of commemoration was held to mark the 70th anniversary of the Japanese surrendering to the Allies.

The Wellingborough branch of the Royal British Legion marked the milestone with a service of commemoration followed by a Poppy picnic on Saturday, August 15.

The event commemorated VJ Day and the official end of the Second World War.

Guests from around the world were invited to attend the service of commemoration, which started at All Hallows Church in Church Street in the town with Wellingborough’s Salvation Army Band.

The branch’s Padres, the Rev John Seaman and Bav Poojara, were also there, as was Capt Keizo Kitagawa, the defence attache from the Embassy of Japan.

Following the service, which lasted for about an hour, a Poppy picnic was held in the grounds of the church.

Ian Nunney, chairman of Wellingborough Royal British Legion, said: “The service had a theme of remembrance and reconciliation.”

A number of organisations from the town are getting involved in the event, including Ria’s Rosy Lee tearoom from Cambridge Street.