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Special concert marks D-Day 80th anniversary

Special concert marks D-Day 80th anniversary
31 May 2024

A series of special commemoration events are to be held across the UK and in France to mark the 80th anniversary of the Normandy Landings on 6 June 2044.

Here in Darlington, a special concert by the Royal Signals (Northern) Band, which is based in the town, will be held at St Cuthbert’s Church on Thursday 6 June, with the church bells ringing at 6.30pm to welcome the visitors and mark the start of the event.

The celebrations will include the reading of a proclamation by Deputy Lieutenant of County Durham Peter Barron, and the Mayor of Darlington Cllr Bob Donoghue will light a special Lamp Light of Peace representing the ‘light of peace’ that emerged from the darkness of war.

The Mayor said: “This year marks the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings and several other momentous battles and turning points of the Second World War, and I’m honoured that one of my first jobs as Mayor is to lead the borough in this act of remembrance which honours those who fought to defend our democratic freedoms and way of life.

“I hope as many people as possible can join us to pay tribute to all our armed forces past and present.”

The concert will feature performances by the band, interspersed with readings, followed by a special D-Day 80 tribute before the lighting of the Lamp Light of Peace, prayers and a blessing from the Rev Sarah Jay, before it concludes with the National Anthem.

The event is free and open to all, but numbers are limited so you’re advised to get there early to avoid disappointment.

The Normandy Landings, also known as D-Day, saw the Allied Forces mount a large-scale invasion of Nazi-occupied France that ultimately flipped the course of the Second World War in the Allies’ favour.

You can find out more about D-Day 80 and the events planned to mark the anniversary on the government’s website at https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/d-day-80 or visit the Royal British Legion website at https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/remembrance/remembrance-events/d-day

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