Damien Moore joined with members of the public and local military charities to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VJ day.

VJ Day is the day on which Japan surrendered in World War 2, bringing an end to the conflict.

The Burma Star, Southport Branch of the Royal British Legion, and SSAFA Sefton attended the short ceremony with flag standards.

Mr Moore said: “August 15 marks 75 years since the end of World War Two. But it is also a time to recognise the immense courage, bravery and sacrifice of so many men and women from Southport and around the world who faced horrendous conditions in the Far East.

“At the end of the conflict, VE Day was celebrated widely, but VJ Day less so, despite it marking the official end of the war.

“Allied Prisoners Of War were told not to speak of their experiences when they returned home.

“Many who served in the fight against Japan referred to themselves as ‘The Forgotten Army’”