The Mayor of Marlow has issued an emotional statement as the town remembered those who lost their lives during the Second World War last weekend.

Richard Scott, through a video, spoke about his own experiences when it came to VJ Day (victory in Japan, which effectively bought World War II to an end in August 15, 1945.

The war, which is the deadliest on record, officially ended just over two weeks later.

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Prior to the celebrations on August 15 in Marlow, Mr Scott said: “I am very pleased to record a short video message to all our residents as we prepare to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Victory over Japan and the end of the Second World War in August 1945.

“When the Second World War ended 75 years ago with the surrender of Japan, British soldiers, sailors and airmen were serving in the Far East, fighting hard to achieve victory and were amongst the last to come home.

“We should therefore remember what we owe all the veterans of the far East campaign all those who served in World War II.

“I was not born until after the end of the Second World War but remember as a child, going to local war memorials with my parents to remember the dead of two World Wars.

“Thus, it is very poignant that we now celebrate the end of the second of those conflicts, and the fact that we have generally lived in peace since then.

“On a personal note, VJ Day as an important day for me as it meant my father, who had served in the Far East campaign, for four years during the war, as able to return home.

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“Thus, to help us celebrate this anniversary perhaps you might want to consider a socially distance celebration in your road with your neighbours, rather similar to the many who celebrate VE Day in May.

“I do hope you have a wonderful day, but please keep safe and follow the government’s guidance on social distancing and mass gatherings.”

The Second World War lasted for six years an claimed the lives of more than 80 million people.