THE Burma Star Association have paid tribute to the veterans of the Second World War who fought in the Far East.

The traditional laying of the wreath at the war memorial marked the 69th anniversary of VJ (Victory in Japan) Day but this year might be the last time that the ceremony takes place with a march from the war memorial to the cathedral.

With the Normandy Veterans Association closing at the end of the year, many of the veterans are well into their nineties, so it has been considered that hosting the event solely at the Cathedral would be more practical.

On Friday sunshine beamed down on veterans as many took the opportunity to retell tales of battles fought long ago but remembered today.

Eight standards were on display at the memorial, with Mandy Blackburn having the honour of carrying the Burma Star standard.

The Rifles were also at the event representing the Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Royal Berkshire - the three regiments from the Salisbury area that fought in Asia.

President of the Burma Star Association, David Nichol MBE, 94, paid tribute to the men that fell during the Second World War and also to the members of the armed forces that continue to pay the ultimate price in conflicts.

The deputy mayor of Salisbury, Andrew Roberts, also paid homage to the Burma campaign and sacrifice that was made by the soldiers.