VJ Day celebrations and Poppy picnic to mark anniversary in Wellingborough

A Poppy picnic is being held in Wellingborough this weekend
A Poppy picnic is being held in Wellingborough this weekend

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

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

The event is to commemorate VJ DAy and the official end of World War Two

Ian Nunney

Guests from around the world have been invited to attend the service of commemoration, which starts at 11.30am on Saturday at All Hallows Church in Church Street in the town with Wellingborough’s Salvation Army Band.

The branch’s Padres, the Revd John Seaman and Bav Poojara, will also be there.

Following the service, which is set to last for about an hour, a Poppy picnic is being held in the grounds of the church.

Ian Nunney, chairman of Wellingborough Royal British Legion, said: “The service will start at 11.10am with the theme of remembrance and reconciliation.

“Hopefully as many dignitaries as we can muster will be there.”

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

Mr Nunney added: “The event is to commemorate VJ Day and the official end of World War Two.”