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Huntingdon Town Council mark the D Day Landings

Photo credit: The British Normandy Memorial

Huntingdon Town Council will be marking the 80th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings with a series of events across the town on Thursday 6th June 2024.

At 10am, the Huntingdon in Bloom campaign will unveil their 3D themed floral display at Bus Station Green, this year featuring a D Day Landing craft made from recycled materials, with flowers and other features designed to replicate the beaches of Normandy.

Huntingdon Town Council will be hosting a short outdoor service at 10:50am in Huntingdon Market Square. The service will be led by Rev Jon Randall, and a local student from Hinchingbrooke School will read the poem D Day Heroes. There will be a 2-minute silence at 11am followed with a wreath laying by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant, the High Sherrif of Cambridgeshire, the Mayor of Huntingdon, and the Royal British Legion. Members of the public are invited to assemble on the Market Square no later than 10.45am. Anyone who wishes to lay a wreath will be invited to do so at the appropriate time during the Service.

In the evening, Huntingdon Town Council is inviting residents to assemble at Castle Hills at 9pm, to join in the National Beacon Lighting Ceremony. The ceremony will commence at 9.10pm, with the Beacon being lit at 9.15pm by the Mayor of Huntingdon, accompanied by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant. It is anticipated that the event will end by 9.30pm.

This event forms part of the International Tribute, with the first beacon being lit at the British Normandy Memorial overlooking Gold Beach in France and other beacons on Utah, Omaha, Juno and Sword beaches being lit after.

The D-Day landings of 6 June 1944 was the largest seaborne invasion in history. A pivotal turning point in World War II, it marked the beginning of the liberation of France and western Europe.

All are welcome to join us in commemorating the events on this day and remembering the brave men and women who fought for our country.

Source:  Huntingdon Town Council press release dated 28th May 2024.