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Island celebrates 75th anniversary of Victory over Japan Day

75 years since the World War II Japanese surrender

Today marks 75 years since the Japanese surrendered, marking the end of the Second World War.

With many Victory in Europe Day celebrations cancelled this year by Covid-19 restrictions, this weekend's celebrations are promised to reflect both events.

In Ramsey there'll be a ceremony at the memorial, which includes a wreath laying and a bugler in attendance from 11am.

This year's event will follow into Sunday where a street party is to be held outside the courthouse on Parliament St from 1pm.

Royal British Legion Member Bill Hankin says the circumstances of this year mean the weekend is extra special.

In Onchan, the British Legion branch will gather at the war memorial for a short service of thanksgiving and two minutes silence at 11am.

And at St Peter's Church's Sunday service, Legion Member Peter Kelly will be giving an address.

Elsewhere, Castletown Station will be celebrating both VE-VJ days,

With IOM home guard, swing in the Isle dancers, vintage vehicles, Clydesdale horses, southern belles, IOM W.I. and much more.

And of course, if you're in the capital tomorrow, a VJ Day parade is to take place from the legion club to St Matthews church.

Hear Lewis Foster's full report here:

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