VJ Day to be marked with lighting of beacon in Crowland tonight

VJ Day veteran Roy Bennett at the tea party held for veterans and widows in Crowland. ANL-150815-174922001

VJ Day veteran Roy Bennett at the tea party held for veterans and widows in Crowland. ANL-150815-174922001

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The 70th anniversary of VJ Day was celebrated in Crowland today in a very British way – with a tea party for veterans and widows.

Hosted by Crowland Parish Council, the party was held at the Snowdon Pavilion.

Among the veterans enjoying the tea was Roy Bennett (88), who served in the Royal Artillery from 1945 to 1948,

He said: “I was stationed in Egypt when the Jews came on boats to begin a new life away from the camps.

“It was quite a job you can imagine. Coming to the party today is a nice way to mark VJ Day.”

The oldest partygoer was Floss Desborough (100). She said: “I worked on the land around Crowland during the Second World War. I’ve really enjoyed the party.”

David Ringham, chairman of Crowland Parish Council, said: “VJ Day comes later than the VE Day celebrations and is often forgotten.

“It’s very important that the veterans and widows are remembered and we are a community that likes get-togethers.”

The beacon will be lit near the pavilion at 9pm and everyone is welcome.