A VJ Day service to remember those who took part in the Burma Campaign was carried out at the Holy Trinity Church, Skipton, on Monday, conducted by retired Colonel Rev Roger Lowens.

Standards bearers of the Royal Naval Association and the Duke of Wellington Regiment were in attendance and special guest was Len Parry, 101, who is believed to be the last survivor in Yorkshire decorated with the Burma Star.

He ventured out from his care home in Silsden to join members of the Royal British Legion, Royal Naval Association, veterans and Skipton parishioners.

Accompanied by his eldest son Nigel, Mr Parry said after the service: “It was a wonderful service and gave me time to recall memories of colleagues who were not as fortunate as myself and didn’t return to their families as I have.”

Following the exhortation which was spoken by Harry Dowson, Honorary Freeman of Skipton, the Last Post was played by Paul Cole followed by a two minute silence and the Kohima Epitaph with the words: ‘When you go home, tell them of us and say, for your tomorrow, we gave our today.’ Recited by Mr Parry and assisted by Mr Dowson.

Wreaths were laid in church by Barry Blood, president of the Royal British Legion Skipton branch and on behalf of the Burma Star Association, Mr Dowson representing Mr Parry.

Following the church service, Mr Parry and friends retired to the Red Lion to celebrate another year and for Mr Parry to look forward to his 102nd birthday on September 3.

Mr Parry summed up his day: “I would like thank everyone who attended the church service and with the support of my family and friends, I look forward to attending next year.”