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It is with great sadness that Weymouth Town Council announces the cancellation of the planned events to celebrate and commemorate the 75th anniversaries of VJ & VE Day which were scheduled to take place over the weekend of Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th August. This is due to the present restrictions on events and mass gatherings relating to the coronavirus pandemic.

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 unfortunately these events along with the planned service, parade, and entertainment for VJ Day will not be taking by place.

The Council plan to recognise the 75th anniversaries of VE and VJ at the annual Remembrance Day Service on Weymouth seafront on Sunday 8th November.

Cllr Graham Winter, Mayor of Weymouth Town Council, 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.