EVENTS to commemorate the 75th anniversaries of VJ and VE Day in Weymouth have reluctantly been called off.

The weekend of August 15 - 16 would have seen Victory over Japan celebrations held in Weymouth.

It was also hoped that postponed Victory in Europe Day events - originally due to be held on May 8 - could be rescheduled for a double celebration over that weekend, with a stage on Weymouth Beach and parade along the seafront.

Sadly, town officials have had to cancel the plans as restrictions on events and mass gatherings remain in place - but there may instead be a celebration this winter.

The council plans to recognise the 75th anniversaries of both VE and VJ at the annual Remembrance Day Service on Weymouth seafront on Sunday November 8.

A spokesperson for Weymouth Town Council said: "It is with great sadness that Weymouth Town Council announces the cancellation of the planned events to celebrate and commemorate the 75th anniversaries of VJ & VE Day.

"The council planned three days of events which would have centred around a stage on the beach. This was initially rescheduled for the VJ Day weekend, but unfortunately these events along with the planned service, parade, and entertainment for VJ Day will not be taking by place."

Cllr Graham Winter, Mayor of Weymouth, said: “We are again hugely disappointed to announce that the council will not be able to hold the planned events for VJ and VE Day because of the existing coronavirus restrictions. We express our deepest respect to all those who fought and gave their lives to this global conflict, they will not be forgotten.

“We encourage people to pay their respects on the 75th anniversary of VJ Day on August 15 and join the number of virtual events that will be taking place online and from national broadcasters. I will be giving a tribute to all our magnificent veterans which will be available on Weymouth Town Council’s Facebook page.”

For more information and the latest updates on virtual commemorative events being held, please see the British Legion and government VJ Day web pages.