VJ Day, which signalled the end of fighting in the Far East, and the end of the Second World War, was commemorated in Montgomery on August 15th. A small service was held in the morning at the Town Memorial Garden, with prayers led by Stephen Hayes, and included a reading of the Kohima Epitaph by Montgomery resident Chris Boundy, whose father Terry served in the Far East in WW2.
The brief service to commemorate the day, and all those who gave their lives, included the traditional two minutes’ silence, with the Last Post and Reveille played by Nikki Pugh. Sue Blower, Montgomery Town Crier, then read out a Cry for Peace proclamation, especially written the Town Crier of Biddulph as part of a National Town Crier tribute, which was heard not only throughout the UK, but across the world.
After the service, the bells of St Nicholas’ Church were heard in Montgomery for the first time since lockdown began. David Thomas, one of the ringing team who rang the toll on the 75th anniversary VJ Day, said, “We have been unable to ring, and have had to undertake risk assessments and reduce the number of bells in action, but we were thrilled to be able to ring as part of this very special commemoration, and we rang a toll of 75 to mark the anniversary.”
At 8.30pm, a beacon was lit on Town Hill near the County War Memorial, which could be seen for miles around.