The 75th anniversary of VJ Day has been marked by a series of towering events with lone buglers honouring those who fought in east Asia.

The 75th anniversary of VJ Day has been marked by a series of towering events with lone buglers honouring those who fought in east Asia.

A lone piper played from the top of Great Yarmouth’s Norfolk Pillar at 6am on Saturday August 15, while another musician did the same at the bandstand in Gorleston.

At 11am The Last Post was sounded from the tops of Yarmouth’s Minster tower and at Gorleston St Andrews by a lone bugler.

At Gorleston a handful of people came to witness the event and reflect on the events of 75 years ago when the Second World War ended.

For Paul Williams, of the Royal British Legion, it was a day to wear his medals with pride.

He said he was grateful to Royal pageantmaster Bruno Peek who was also present to hear Carl Harrison herald the two minute silence and afterwards play Reveille.

The musicians were among hundreds across the globe in 28 countries joining together to mark VJ Day.

Their ages ranged from eight to 91-years-old.

As a finale to events they will again climb the many steps to their lofty locations to play Sunset at 8.18pm.

Mr Peek said organising commemorations had been frustrating due to the limitations of Covid-19 and social distancing.

But, he said it was important to stage anniversary celebrations to honour the VJ veterans.

“The veterans feel they are the ‘forgotten army’ and we want to make sure they are not forgotten,” he added.

In Lowestoft, the day’s events began at 10.45am and included an address from the mayor and the planting of two new cherry trees at Kensington Gardens.

The Last Post was then played, followed by a two minute silence at 11am. An address was then given by deputy lieutenant William Kendall, and a wreath laid by the newly planted trees.

Pearl Fowler, whose husband fought in the Far East in the 4th Suffolk regiment, said the day was “very emotional”.

She said: “I’m glad we celebrated VJ Day today. My husband, Jack, always said that because they weren’t victorious they were the forgotten army - so it was wonderful to have them remembered today.”

People in Cromer gathered at the church at 6am this morning to listen to the sounds of local piper player Jacob Millin.

Mr Millin played a chant of peace to start the commemorations of VJ Day 75. They were joined in the grounds by mayor and councillors of Cromer Town Council along with officers of the Cromer Branch of the Royal British Legion.

In Cromer and around the country this was followed by further commemorations including a two-minute silence at 11am, then the laying of wreaths to remember those who died in the Far East.

In Wymondham, a vintage-themed coffee shop marked the day with a two-minute silence to honour those who fought in east Asia.

As well as decorating throughout, playing music of the era, and dressing as Land Girls, the owners of the Coffee Shop, based on Market Street in Wymondham, spent time listening to stories of those who lived through the war.

Michelle Filby, co-owner of the cafe with Karen Ireland, said: “During the two-minute silence we observed I had a tear in my eye and an overwhelming feeling of gratitude.”

In Norwich, City Hall was lit up in red, white and blue to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Victory over Japan and in recognition of all those who served in the Far East and Pacific.

Broadland District Council chairman Karen Vincent raised the Union Flag at the council’s Thorpe Lodge headquarters, joined by councillors Sue Prutton and John Ward.

And at South Norfolk Council, council chairman Graham Minshull and councillor Keith Kiddie raised the flag at South Norfolk House.

Japan announced its surrender on August 15, 1945.

The documents were signed on September 2, officially ending the global conflict.