Blackpool set to commemorate D-Day anniversary

The 80th anniversary of D-Day will be commemorated in Blackpool next month.

On Thursday 6 June, local residents and visitors are invited to take part in a series of event as the town comes together to honour the remarkable bravery and sacrifices of those who played a crucial role in the historic Allied invasion of Normandy during World War II.

Cllr Peter Hunter, Mayor of Blackpool, said: “I looked forward to joining residents and visitors as we come together to honour, reflect, and celebrate the enduring legacy of the heroes of D-Day.

“As the years pass, these anniversaries become even more poignant. Throughout the day there will be different events taking place which are open to all to attend.”

D-Day Service of Reflection

The Fylde Memorial Arboretum will host a special service of reflection commemorating the anniversary focusing on the historic events of that pivotal day. Arrivals at 10:15am for an 11am start at the Arboretum located on Moor Park Avenue, FY2 0LZ.

Bells Across Blackpool

At 6.30pm, the chimes of local church and town bells will resound in remembrance as part of the 'Ringing out for Peace' initiative, uniting us in honouring the spirit of unity and peace.

Shadows in the Sand" Sand Art Event

The evening begins at 6.30pm with "Shadows in the Sand", a touching tribute to the heroes of World War II. Sand art stencils will be used to portray life-sized soldiers on the beach.

Join us at the Tower Festival Headland and etch these poignant figures into the sand. Watch as the images gradually fade with the tide, symbolising our remembrance of these extraordinary individuals.

"Seaside Reflection" Mile-Walk

After "Shadows in the Sand," everyone is invited to join cadets and veterans for a beautiful one-mile walk of "Seaside Reflection".

Starting at the Tower Festival Headland around 7pm, the walk will take place on the beach, heading to Central Pier, turning round and walking towards North Pier, and returning to the Headland for the Beacon Lighting ceremony.

A piper will lead the walk, evoking memories of William (Bill) Millin's historic march 80 years ago. For those who prefer an easier stroll, an alternative Promenade route is available, offering a smooth, level surface for a leisurely walk.

Beacon of Peace

The evening reaches its pinnacle at 9pm on the Tower Festival Headland when the International Tribute is read before the "Lighting of the Beacon of Peace" Ceremony. A special guest will have the honour of lighting Blackpool Tower in red, white, and blue, while the Beacon of Peace – a powerful beam of light – will shine over the Irish Sea, symbolising the emergence of peace from the darkness of war.

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