Events to mark 75th Anniversary of VJ and VE Day in Weymouth cancelled

Events to mark 75th Anniversary of VJ and VE Day in Weymouth cancelled

Published by Maria Greenwood at 8:05am 8th July 2020.

Weymouth Town Council have announced they are cancelling events planned to mark the 75th anniversaries of VJ & VE Day. 

They were due to take place over the weekend of Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th August. 

For the 75th anniversary of VE Day in May, the Council planned three days of events which would have centred around a stage on the beach.

This was initially rescheduled for the VJ Day weekend, but now these events along with the planned service, parade, and entertainment for VJ Day will not be taking by place.

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It's due to the restrictions put in place by the government on events and mass gatherings, relating to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Mayor of Weymouth Town council Graham Winter said:

"We are again hugely disappointed to announce that the Council will not be able to hold the planned events for VJ & VE Day because of the existing coronavirus restrictions. 

"We express our deepest respect to all those that fought and gave their lives to this global conflict, they will not be forgotten.

"We encourage people to pay their respects on the 75th anniversary of VJ Day on 15th August and join the number of virtual events that will be taking place online and from national broadcasters. I will be giving a tribute to all our magnificent veterans which will be available on Weymouth Town Council's Facebook page."

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Weymouth Town Council plan to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE and VJ day at the annual Remembrance Day Service on the seafront, on Sunday 8th November.