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Thousands gather to mark VJ day
George Black carries a standard in the parade
George Black was among the standard bearers at the Glasgow parade
Thousands of people have gathered in Glasgow to mark the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II.

The Last Parade, organised by the Royal British Legion Scotland (RBLS), commemorated VJ Day - the surrender of Japan to the Allies.

About 2,000 musicians, schoolchildren, servicemen and ex-servicemen marched from Blythswood Square to George Square for a service on Sunday afternoon.

Commemorations also took place in Oban, Dunfermline and RAF Kinloss.

A Nimrod from the Moray air force base flew past the Kinnaird Lighthouse car park at Fraserburgh and then Wick Airport.

Standard bearers prepare for the parade to George Square
Some 2,000 people took part in the commemoration

RAF Kinloss Group Captain Chris Birks said: "Although RAF Kinloss had no direct involvement in the war in the Far East we recognise the value of those who served and their sacrifice that endured long after hostilities in Europe had ended."

There was also an RAF fly-past at the Glasgow event, where RBLS president Dr James Harkness, Lord Provost Elizabeth Cameron and First Minister Jack McConnell all laid wreaths.

The service in Glasgow acted as Scotland's official thanksgiving event to mark the end of World War II.

Mr McConnell said: "Those who fought in the Far East faced particular cruelty and inhumane conditions.

"Now, 60 years on, we stop, we remember and we give thanks.

Flypast at George Square
There was an RAF flypast at George Square

"The courage of the few protected the liberty and the prosperity of the many. We owe them all a massive debt, and we will not forget them."

Dr Harkness said: "For many veterans this will be their last big anniversary and it deserves to be commemorated properly.

"This is when Scotland, young and old, can come together to pay tribute to a special generation and acknowledge their achievements and suffering."

The Japanese surrendered days after the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were destroyed by atomic bombs.

The parade and service in Glasgow will be followed by the Beating Retreat at the Kelvin Hall, which will feature 400 pipes and drums.


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