From the editor: band’s 75th anniversary


The 75th anniversary of Victory in the Pacific (VP) Day was acknowledged at the weekend.

It commemorates Japan’s acceptance of the Allied demand for unconditional surrender on 14 August 1945.

For Australians, that meant the Second World War – the biggest and deadliest in history – was finally over.

The following day, 15 August, is usually referred to as VP Day.

On VP Day 1945, the fledgling Clan McEwan Pipe Band heard a radio message announcing the end of war in the Pacific and marched for the first time from the family home in Paley Crescent, Belmont South, to the main street of Belmont to join the celebrations.

On Saturday, the pipe band celebrated 75 years of family and community history, with four of the five generations represented.

Three of its members grace the cover of this week’s magazine as we pay tribute to their contribution to the community for the past seven decades.

You’ll find that story on pages 12 and 13.

We have covered the Australian Road Safety Foundation’s plea to slow down as part of Rural Road Safety Month; a nod to renowned Hunter doctor Matthew Dun’s prestigious award; and library volunteers in Maitland clock up almost a century of experience between them.