VJ Day anniversary commemorated by Royal British Legion members and community

Stotfold and Arlesey RBL VJ Day remembrance service.
Stotfold and Arlesey RBL VJ Day remembrance service.
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A remembrance service to mark the 70th anniversary of victory in the Far East in the Second World War has been held in Stotfold.

The Stotfold and Arlesey Branch of the Royal British Legion arranged the service along with Stotfold Churches Together and Stotfold Town Council, on the evening of Friday, August 14.

Stotfold and Arlesey RBL VJ Day remembrance service.

Stotfold and Arlesey RBL VJ Day remembrance service.

The branch welcomed the RBL Bedfordshire county chairman and vice-chairman along with representatives from the legion county branches with standards to St Mary’s Church, with a good attendance from the community.

The order of service was conducted by the vicar and branch chaplain the Rev Bill Britt, assisted by Stotfold Salvation Army, their band, Fairfield Community Church and Stotfold Methodist Church.

Rev Britt’s sermon related the experiences of three Far East local veterans - Royal Naval Signalman Arthur George, RAF Flight Sergeant Thomas Chellow GM, and Army Lt William Symly of the 5th Column Gurkhas (Chindits).

During the Act of Remembrance the WW2 Roll of Honour was read by mayor of Stotfold Alan Cooper. A candle was lit in the memorial chapel with the altar decked with legion poppies and origami Japanese cranes, presented by their embassy. A page was turned in the Book of Remembrance to the music of Nimrod by Edward Elgar.

Stotfold and Arlesey RBL VJ Day beacon lighting. PNL-150819-123414001

Stotfold and Arlesey RBL VJ Day beacon lighting. PNL-150819-123414001

A short service was held at Stotfold cemetery war memorial to mark the end of the Second World War and the beacon was lit.

Branch members also attended Sunday morning worship at St Peter’s Church, Arlesey, conducted by the Rev Geoffrey Boult, where those who served and were casualties in the Far East were remembered.