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Lottery Funding helps VJ celebrations

10th August 2005

Lottery grants will help communities across the country to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe next week with a series of VJ events.

The funding announced yesterday brings the total number of projects across the UK to 2,916 sharing £17 million.

The money will help fund VJ Day musical events, re-enactments, aerial displays, street parties, exhibitions and storytelling events.

Among the events will be a free admission day at the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Yeovil, Somerset.

The museum will provide entertainment form the era, displays and refreshments, the BBC's People's War team will also be on hand to record the memories of visitors.

Graham Mottram, Museum Director, said: "To many sailors and naval aircrew, VJ Day was more important than VE Day. War in the Pacific began with the Japanese aircraft carrier attack on Pearl Harbour and the Allied fight-back was hugely dependent upon the carrier air power of the British and American Navies."

On the 13-14th August the Festival of History at Kelmarsh Hall, Northamptonshire will host Home Front displays and a flypast of wartime aircraft.

Event manager Emily Burns said: "This is our chance to commemorate VJ Day and revere our war veterans and those who contributed to the Home Front efforts during the conflict. The festival is an opportunity to reach a huge audience and pass on the stories and personal accounts from the veterans and historians to the younger generation.

"VJ Day commemorations and history from the war era will be a highlight of the festival. There will be a WWII living history camp, military equipment and veterans who will be our special guests."