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This Week at St Mary’s 02 August 2020

VJ Day Commemoration Service Saturday 15th August

2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the end of the second world war. Back in February, discussions began with both the city and county how Nottingham will mark this important event. The Minster would host VE Day and St Mary’s VJ Day. Covid threw everything into uncertainty but it is really good news that things are to proceed.

Notts TV has agreed to show the service live, starting at 12.30. The first part will be edited highlights from a Wreath laying ceremony at 11.00 to have taken place, with limited numbers at the Cenotaph. St Mary’s will be kept to just around 30 people, the Lord Lieutenant, High Sheriff, and civic and military representatives from across the county.

The service has the sorts of elements you’d expect – and more. As it turns out, there is expected to be a rather larger than usual audience.

  • We are taking the opportunity to include still shots of historic photos from 1945 to give a poignant added dimension.
  • There is an interview with Colonel James Gunn, who lives locally. In 1945 he was a 20-year-old soldier, just trained as part of the army who were to advance from India east to ‘clear’ that region of Japanese forces, to meet US forces, advancing west.
  • Colonel David Sneath of the South Notts Hussars will outline the City and County’s historic links with the ‘forgotten’ 14th Army.
  • The sermon will be preached (he’s recorded it) by Major General Tim Cross.
  • Prayers will be introduced by representatives from different Commonwealth nations involved in the campaign – Indian, Pakistan, West African, Nepali, Polish.

I am so glad that this is going ahead as it is and I am sure it promises to be a most memorable occasion. Do get the word around and tune in to this ‘must watch’.

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