ocal resident Andrew Night thanked Welwyn Hatfield’s mayor Cllr Roger Trigg for turning out despite the rain on Saturday morning.

Cllr Trigg said: “Today we honour all the British, Commonwealth and Allied Forces who fought so bravely in the Far East. So many paid the ultimate sacrifice to preserve the freedoms that we enjoy today. We are eternally grateful.”

Meanwhile in Hatfield, the town council organised a service conducted by the Reverend Darren Collins with wreaths laid by Hatfield mayor Cllr Margaret Eames-Petersen, Welwyn Hatfield deputy mayor Cllr Peter Hebden and HTC leader Cllr Lenny Brandon. WHBC’s Veteran Covenant Champion Cllr Glyn Hayes also attended.

Forever remembered

Cllr Brandon said: “VJ Day marks the day Japan surrendered in 1945 to effectively end the Second World War. We gathered on Saturday to remember and pay tribute to all who served many thousands of miles away in Asia. A dinner was later organised for the troops, after they returned, in October 1946. Mr Bate added: “There was a good congregation at the thanksgiving service on Wednesday night and also on the Sunday following. Our collections were given on VJ night to the reconstruction of churches in Europe and on the Sunday following for the same purpose in China.”

Hertsmere MP Oliver Dowden and culture secretary also marked the day, saying on Saturday: “Wherever you are, please join us in giving thanks to the veterans who came home and to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.”

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