A celebration of peace for VJ Day

VJ Day celebrations in Towcester PNL-150825-164557001
VJ Day celebrations in Towcester PNL-150825-164557001

There was a celebration of peace as the Chairman of South Northants Council (SNC) hosted a 1940s-themed tea party at The Forum in Towcester to mark VJ Day.

Councillor Roger Clarke was joined by about 100 residents from the district, including veterans from the Royal British Legion, sheltered housing residents, members of community groups, Lt Col Ingrid Ford from RAF Croughton, and SNC councillors.

He said: “Many, like me, have only known peace, I was only five days old on August 15 1945. This tea party is a tribute to all those who served in the Armed Forces and those who were prisoners of war, for the peace that was brought about.”

Guests were given a programme in the guise of a ration book and, after sherry, sandwiches and cakes, Kathie and John Barker from Pattishall led a nostalgic sing-along.

Former SNC councillor, Tony Wilkinson and his wife Thelma bought along the service medals for Mrs Wilkinson’s brother, Harold Bruce Downer, who died on the Burma railway, aged just 18.

Veterans of the Burma campaign, Lt Commander Robert Wemyss and Sub-Lt Dr Edgar Tuck, got their wings on the same day. They were posted to different aircraft carriers and did not see each other for 50 years. They now live next to each in Malthouse Court in Towcester.