Remembering the ‘forgotten army’ VJ Day 2015
Amble played its part in the 70th anniversary of VJ Day, with a two minute silence and a moving tribute to the Far East soldiers and prisoners of war of WW2.
Members of Amble Town Council paid their respects and laid wreaths on behalf of the people of Amble and Radcliffe.
Representatives of the armed services also laid wreaths. Around seventy members of the public joined the service in the Town Square.
Mayor Craig Weir read out a description of the horrors endured by the Far East soldiers; those who were captured rarely spoke of their ordeal, but thanks to Amble veterans like the late Clarence Hedley, some details of the starvation, disease and forced labour have gradually come to light.
Town Councillor Jane Dargue read ‘For the Fallen’ by Robert Binyon (in full at the bottom of the page)
Here is a slideshow of the day:
‘For the Fallen’ by Robert Laurence Binyon
With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
Solemn the drums thrill: Death august and royal
They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,