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Council marks 75th VJ Day anniversary with a special (pre-recorded) performance on the Carfax bandstand

The 75th anniversary of VJ Day is on 15 August. On this day 75 years ago Japan surrendered and in effect ended the Second World War.

To commemorate and celebrate this day Horsham District Council’s events team, in partnership with Silvertip films will share a special pre-recorded celebratory performance by local musician Alan Woolven from Horsham’s Carfax bandstand.

The video performance will premiere on Horsham Time Well Spent’s Facebook page on Saturday 15 for everyone to enjoy.

Additionally, BBC South Today came along to video the bandstand performance and it will screened as part of a tribute concert on 15 August.

The performance features a duo act with local resident Alan Woolven, who was born in Horsham and played piano and accordion in local concerts during the war, as well as Horsham diva Sarah Esser, singing in honour of VJ Day.

Visit our Commemorate VJ Day page on the Discover Horsham District website for more ways to get involved online and to see a list of ‘things to do at home’ so you can take part in the celebrations.

Horsham District Council Cabinet Member for Horsham Town Centre commented:

“To help mark this key historic event during the lockdown restrictions, we will be sharing a special online VJ Day event programme to enjoy from the safety of your own homes, featuring a brilliant bandstand performance from local hero Alan Woolven.

“Do visit our site for details and tune in to BBC South Today.”

Check out all the content that’s being shared on social media as it’s published on the Horsham Time Well Spent Facebook page.

Thanks to Silvertip Films for their help contributing to the VJ Day programme.

By Gavin Hewins, | Aug. 7, 2020, 6 p.m.