Emotive events will mark end of World War

The heroism of British and Commonwealth troops in the Far East, and the suffering endured by prisoners of war, will be recalled at special commemorations.
The heroism of British and Commonwealth troops in the Far East, and the suffering endured by prisoners of war, will be recalled at special commemorations.

The brave men and women who gave their lives for the cause of freedom will be remembered at two keynote local events next month.

A special commemoration will be staged by North Lanarkshire Council outside the Civic Centre in Motherwell on Friday, August 14, honouring Far East prisoners of war – and marking the historic 70th anniversary of VJ Day.

It will be followed by a separate event on the Sunday at the St Brigid’s Centre in Newmains, organised by the Lanarkshire Yeomanry Group.

They will recall the inhuman brutality meted out to prisoners of the Japanese military during the Second World War and the heroism of the British and Commonwealth troops in the long, hard fight to gain victory over Japan.

Speakers at the Newmains event will include Jenny Martin, who was born in the notorious Changi Jail, where her mother was interned following the fall of Singapore.

Meanwhile, Kathleen Kane will talk about her trip in February to see the hell camps of Taiwan where her late father, Johnny ‘Dempsey’ Kane, and others were held.

After the event there will be an opportunity to visit the Yeomanry memorials in Carluke and Wishaw.