Due to coronavirus restrictions, large events to mark the 75th anniversary of VJ Day cannot go ahead, however, small ceremonies will be taking place.

The day, on Saturday, August 15, marks the end of the war in Japan and effectively the end of the Second World War.

Bridport will remember in a number of ways, including the Union flag flying on the town hall at the town council’s Mountfield offices, commemorative bunting across town centre streets, a video tribute will be published online on Saturday morning at bridport-tc.gov.uk and via social media channels and a socially distanced gathering of invited dignitaries and veterans will take place at 4pm for the laying of the wreathes and act of remembrance.

Will Austin, town clerk at Bridport Town Council, said: “We’re sorry not to be able to stage a major public event to mark VJ Day, but as we are unable to predict or control attendance, it’s really not possible at the moment. Nonetheless, we hope that people will be able to incorporate the video - produced by the Rev Pete Stone of Bridport Team Ministry - into their own commemorative activities on the day.”

In Beaminster, the Royal British Legion will be holding a VJ Day remembrance event, in conjunction with Beaminster Town Council, at Beaminster War Memorial on Saturday, August 15 at 10.45am. There will be a two minutes silence at 11am.

All RBL members are invited to attend and everyone is invited to take part an observe the two minutes silence together. Please adhere to current social distancing rules.

The 75th anniversary of VJ Day will be marked in Lyme Regis on Saturday, August 15.

While VE Day (Victory in Europe) marked the end of the war in Europe in May 1945, many thousands of Armed Forces personnel were still engaged in bitter fighting in the Far East.

Victory over Japan Day (VJ Day) marks the day Japan surrendered on August 15, 1945, which in effect ended the Second World War.

In Lyme Regis, the mayor, Cllr Brian Larcombe MBE, and representatives of the Royal British Legion will lay a wreath at the town’s war memorial.

At 7pm, the town crier, Alan Vian, will take part in the National Cry for Peace to be made by town criers all over the world.

The cry will made from the North Wall of the Cobb and will be followed by the lighting of a beacon by the mayor, accompanied by the mayoress.

Those wishing to watch this event are requested to observe appropriate social distancing.