Your article: Victory tea to remember village’s lost war heroes

People at the wartime exhibition
People at the wartime exhibition

As the nation remembered VJ Day 70 on Saturday August 15, Sancton villagers and friends held their own special commemoration of the day with a Victory Tea in Sancton Village Hall.

A local history booklet called Sancton Remembers, written by author Rob Thomson, was launched on this day, and was featured in a World War II exhibition in the village hall.

A number of villagers and friends had contributed their wartime memories and photographs, which gave a detailed snapshot of a village in wartime. Rob and the villagers choose the 70th anniversary of Victory over Japan Day, Saturday August 15, as a mark of respect to the late Les Towse who had served in Burma.

The Victory Tea was absolutely delicious, served with a smile by the hard-working villagers of Sancton – nothing was too much trouble.

The exhibition had been carefully considered, and was most informative.

You can see the Sancton Roll of Honour, which features the names of all the men and women of the village who served during the 1939-1945 war, in Sancton Church.

The exhibition was open all weekend, and was a wonderful way to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of Victory over Japan Day and the ending of all hostilities on 15 August 1945. Lest we forget.