VJ Day Commemorations in Telford and Wrekin
Following the virtual VE75 Day in May this year, Telford & Wrekin Council plan to mark the occasion by hosting a commemoration and remembrance event, observing the end of hostilities and a return to peace, in line with current government guidelines around public events and social distancing.
Saturday 15 August marks the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII following the surrender of Japan on this day 1945.
At 11am there will be a two minute silence hosted by the Mayor of Telford and Wrekin followed by The Last Post played by local bugle player Matt Johnson. Due to social distancing restrictions this will be attendance by invite only, but will be recorded and shared for everyone to be part of.
From 12pm - 4pm Maxell and Chelsea Gardens in Telford Town Park will be open to the public, for the first time since March, for a tour special VJ Day theme displays.
Decorations made from yarn and paper, streamers, origami, parasols, bunting, sculpture and music as alongside the existing planting and trees in these beautiful gardens, will all add to the tranquil and peaceful experience.
We are also delighted to welcome some traditional Japanese artists to entertain with Japanese flutes and string instruments, taiko drum and dance creating an authentic atmosphere for visitors.
Visitors will have an opportunity to write a message of peace and commemoration and hang them in the gardens.
In order to control numbers the tour is a FREE ticketed event that must be pre-booked online here. These are allocated in 30 minute slots for up to 30 people
In addition local company, HotBuckle Theatre, will be doing a 45 minute performance of their 1940s show in the teen amphitheatre, adjacent to the visitor centre at 1pm, which will be FREE to attend but with restricted numbers – tickets available in advance here or on the door.
To mark VE and VJ 75 years, the Council has also commissioned local sculptor, Jacob Chandler, to create a new memorial piece which will be dedicated in the gardens in the Town Park later this year.
Councillor Eileen Callear Cabinet Member for Leisure, Libraries and Culture said “We want to encourage the local community to remember this historical day with us. Although everyone can’t be together in person to mark this significant occasion, there is still opportunities for people to get involved.
"2020 will be a year that we will never forget and just like in 1945 Britain is able to show its strength and resolve in the face of adversity, remembering the heroes of WW2 and the pride and relief of peace’."
Tickets for the gardens can be booked now and have limited availability so book early to guarantee your space.