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VJ Day in Suffolk

“The night sky over the West Suffolk countryside was bathed in the warm red glow of dozens of bonfires which heralded gay V.J. celebrations in almost every village. Here again, tea parties, dancing and singing, and fireworks were all part of the revelries. Everybody gave themselves up to the jollity which prevailed.” (Bury Free Press, 24th August 1945)

Events marking VJ Day took place not only in August 1945 but throughout the rest of the year. Some were very joyful, while others were more sombre. The use of the atomic bomb against Japan was discussed, and anxiety remained over the unknown fates of family and friends caught up in the war.

Click on the cards below to explore how VJ Day activities across Suffolk were reported in local newspapers.

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Can you help us build a better picture of how VE Day and VJ Day were celebrated and marked in Suffolk? Do you have items or stories relating to earlier anniversaries of the end of the war, such as the 50th anniversary in 1995? If so we would love to hear from you. Please see this page for details.

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