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Havering Council shares local stories to mark 75th anniversary of VJ Day

Harry Bass joined the navy in Romford in 1943 (credit: Havering Council) 

Havering Council is celebrating the 75th anniversary of VJ Day (Victory in Japan) online this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

It is the day Japan announced its intention to surrender, effectively bringing an end to the Second World War. 

The council is sharing local stories, photos and messages of thanks on their Facebook page to mark the significance of the day. 

More than ten local families have spoken about their relatives role in the conflict. You can read their stories here

Residents may also be able to spot the RAF Red Arrows as they fly over the borough at around 5.30pm today. 

The iconic red planes will fly over various UK cities throughout the day, concluding in London. 

Keep an eye out for the Red Arrows (credit: Adrian Pingstone)

St Andrew’s church, in Hornchurch, also marked the occasion by ringing the church bells for 15 minutes after observing the two minutes silence at 11am. 

“Despite traditional events not being possible, it is still important to acknowledge and remember this vital milestone in our history,” said Councillor Viddy Persaud. 

“Many Havering residents have close connections to those who fought in the Second World War, and some may have even done so themselves.”

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