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City Hall to be lit red for VJ Day commemoration

92-year-old Bob Wright, one of the last remaining survivors of World War II, attending the commemoration of VJ Day in Belfast yesterday Picture by Bill Smyth
John Monaghan

BELFAST City Hall will be lit red tonight to mark the 70th anniversary of VJ Day and the Japanese surrender which brought World War II to an end.

Yesterday one of the few remaining veterans of the campaign, Bob Wright, aged 92, retired from his role as senior gallery attendant at the War Memorial after 27 years.

As a sergeant major, Mr Wright fought against the Japanese, and on one occasion came to the aid of the 8th Belfast Heavy AA Battery brigade.

A two minute silence was observed at 12 noon yesterday at the memorial to mark the anniversary.

A wartime scrapbook by Betty Porter is also on display at the memorial over coming weeks, allowing visitors the chance to read first hand accounts from a woman who witnessed the celebrations in 1945.

Belfast City Council has renewed its call for any remaining veterans of the campaign to attend a special civic lunch on September 2.

The date was chosen as it marks the formal signing of the surrender documents which ended the war.

The big screen on the lawn outside City Hall will show coverage of the commemorations from London between 10.30am and 3.30pm today.

Belfast veterans who wish to be included on the City Hall guest list for the civic lunch should contact lordmayorsoffice@belfastcity.gov.uk or telephone 02890 270486.

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