Filey town crier in special ceremony for anniversary of VJ Day

Filey's town crier performed a special cry on Saturday as part of an  international commemoration of the 75th anniversary of VJ Day.

Monday, 17th August 2020, 2:44 pm
Updated Monday, 17th August 2020, 2:48 pm
Filey Town Crier David Bull

David Bull was among 75 town criers - one for each year since VJ Day - who undertook a ‘Cry for Peace’ before many churches rang their bells 75 times.

Mr Bull performed his cry at Filey Bandstand and was joined by his consort Paula Forrest.

The day also saw pipers across the globe perform Battle’s O’er as the day dawned in each part of the world.

There was world-wide playing of The Last Post and observations of a two-minute silence as the clock struck 11am in different countries.

Pageantmaster Bruno Peek, who planned the events for Saturday August 15, said: “It’s wonderful to see VJ Day 75 being embraced by so many organisations both in this country and around the world.

“While we must remember and commemorate those who gave their lives or were gravely wounded during years of war, I believe VJ Day 75 is also an opportunity to celebrate the peace that came to us all at the end of this campaign and of World War II.

“VJ veterans and families have always felt they were the 'forgotten army' so I felt it important we let them know, and show them, that they are not and never will be forgotten.”

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