VIDEO: Sheffield falls silent to mark anniversary of World War Two ending

Sheffield fell silent to commemorate the 70th anniversary of VJ day, the day World War Two finally ended.

Banners were raised at 11am as wreaths were placed in Barker’s Pool in memory of the fallen.

Standard bearers bow there heads in remembering the fallen on VJ Day. Picture: Ross Dore

Standard bearers bow there heads in remembering the fallen on VJ Day. Picture: Ross Dore

The Last Post echoed across the square as ex-serviceman and Sheffield folk bowed their heads in remembrance.

Christine Spencer, 76, of Gleadless Townend, is the Chairman of the Sheffield and Districts Joint Council of Ex-Service Association.

In a speech, she said: “Victory in Japan brought to an end six years of world suffering.

“Over 30,000 people lost their lives in the far east, 60,000 Australian and British nationals were taken prisoner.

VJ Day in Sheffield. Picture: Ross Dore

VJ Day in Sheffield. Picture: Ross Dore

“In our silence we remember all who were involved in the conflict. World War One and World War Two were thought to bring all wars to an end.”

VJ day marks the day that Japan surrendered to the allies after the atomic bombs were dropped onto Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Frank Yates, 94, of Intake, Sheffield, who served in the Royal Artillery Regiment and the 53rd Wales Division as a Liaison Officer said: “Numbers are dwindling and It is important to have these little commemorations and I think that the public like them”

Margret Sparrow, 66, of Stannington, served in the Women’s Royal Army Corp driving trucks for the bomb squad and delivering messages and telegrams in the 60s.

VJ Day in Sheffield. Picture: Ross Dore

VJ Day in Sheffield. Picture: Ross Dore

She said: “It is the forgotten army. It annoys me that there are commemorations in Japan for those who died when the atomic bombs were dropped and there is a lack of coverage in the UK for the survivors of a terrible time.”

The Burma Star Standard was on parade for the last time, carried by the youngest standard-bearer in Sheffield Adam Moore, 18, of Shiregreen, from the Army Cadets based in Manor Top.

Carver Street Parish Reverend Frank Naylor, 27, also led prayers at the service.

Also in attendance were Sheffield’s Deputy Lord Mayor, ex-servicemen and women, and current members of the armed forces.

Christine Spencer and Vince McDouagh. Picture: Ross Dore

Christine Spencer and Vince McDouagh. Picture: Ross Dore

Reverend Frank Naylor said: “It is very important to commemorate with it being the 70th anniversary of the forgotten theatre. When the soldiers got back they felt like they were late to the party with everybody still celebrating VE Day.”