Veterans mark VJ Day in Spalding

MEDALS GLEAM: Veterans at the parade and service. SG170814-109TW
MEDALS GLEAM: Veterans at the parade and service. SG170814-109TW
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Second World War veterans were on parade in Ayscoughfee Gardens, Spalding, on Sunday to mark VJ Day (Victory in Japan).

It’s now 69 years since The Allies celebrated victory over Japan in August 1945 – the last active theatre of the war.

Among those at the service and parade was a proud member of The Lincolns, Tom Fowler (95), a Spalding man who saw action in Norway, Iceland and Normandy.

Guest of honour was Chris Simpkins, director general of The Royal British Legion, who was joined by South Holland District Council’s deputy chairman, Coun Rita Rudkin.

The service was conducted by Dr Peter Gorton and included readings of The Homage and The Kohima Epitaph.

Frank Thompson, chairman and secretary of Spalding and District Remembrance Association, said: “It’s always a moving occasion, I am afraid.”

Ken Willows, chairman of Spalding branch of The Lincolns, said numbers were slightly down this year due to a clash of events, but it went very well.

“We had a good turnout of VIPs,” he said.

The veterans paid tribute to their First World War predecessors by marching to tunes including Pack Up Your Troubles as well as remembering those who lost their lives in the Second World War.