North Somerset veterans mark 70 years since end of WW2

More than fifty veterans from North Somerset were at today's commemoration. Credit: ITV West Country

Veterans have gathered in Weston-super-Mare to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

The Allies celebrated victory over Japan on the 15th August 1945 after atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The official surrender document was signed by the Japanese on the 2nd of September. Both dates are known as VJ Day.

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More than fifty veterans from across North Somerset, aged between 89 and 101, gathered today to mark the occasion.

The focus of the service at St Paul's church in Weston-super-Mare was to remember the so-called "forgotten army", the Fourteenth Army, which fought the Japanese forces in Burma. It was an operation largely overlooked by the press at the time.

Ten of the veterans at today's commemoration served in the Far East.

Veterans aged between 89 and 101 gathered to mark the occasion. Credit: ITV West Country