“ The Rotary Club of Leighton Linslade are delighted that within current government guidelines we have been able to join with partners and pull together an event to recognise the 75th Anniversary of VJ Day and the end of WW2

The event will take the form of a Marathon Relay which will visit most areas of Leighton Linslade and Heath & Reach, with the runners or walkers carrying a scroll containing the names of those from the area who made the ultimate sacrifice.

The relay will leave a town centre location in Leighton Buzzard after the playing of the Last Post at 11 am and finish at the War Memorial at 8 pm with their names being read and the playing of Sunset at 20:08.

Each relay leg will be 2,194 yards acknowledging across time the 2,194 days that  WW2 lasted with participants visiting a number of notable local sites, such as the site of RAF Stanbridge and Oxenden House the HQ of WW2 Radar operations.

Whilst members of the public are urged not to congregate in large groups and to observe social distancing we are encouraging people to come to their door or garden to give the participants a wave as they go past. Routes are included with this press release.

Opportunities to donate to Rotary and its local partner charities will be available via  and the support vehicle accompanying the runners and it is hoped key points including the town centre will have a presence all day to raise awareness and help facilitate donations as well, which will all be going to charities operating in Leighton Linslade

We are very conscious that we are living through unprecedented times so we hope our community will understand that arrangements will be subject to change, possibly at the last minute and that we will be continually monitoring government advice.

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