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Commemorating the 80th anniversary of D-Day

June 6th 2024 marks 80 years since one of the most prominent moments of the Second World War.

D-Day took place on Tuesday, 6th June 1944 and saw land, air and sea Allied forces storm the beaches of Normandy in an attempt to drive Germany out of western Europe and bring an end to the war. It became known as the ‘largest seaborne operation’ in history, with armies including the British, American and Canadian forces targeting five beaches in Normandy. This led to the liberation of northern France, which had been occupied by Germany since 1940, ultimately ending with Germany’s defeat in 1945.

Wadebridge Town Council is planning events to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day, starting with a proclamation read from the gallery above the entrance to the town hall, at 8am on Thursday 6th June.

All members of the public are welcome to come along and listen to this as it happens.

Later in the evening, between 8.45pm and 9.30pm, there will be a beacon service at the war memorial in Coronation Park. There will be a few moments of reflection led by local church leaders, followed by a beacon lighting at around 9.15pm, which should be visible from different areas of Wadebridge. Members of the public are invited to attend, but car access will be restricted.

On Sunday 9th June, a ‘Party in the Park’ will take place in the Jubilee Field, paying tribute to the countless people who took part in that fateful day in June 1944. Opening at 12.30pm, the party is free to attend. There will be live music by three local bands from 2pm-4pm, and everybody is encouraged to bring a blanket and set up their own picnics. Soft drinks, cakes and ice cream will be available to buy.

For more information or updates about the D-Day commemoration events in Wadebridge, visit the

Wadebridge Town Council page on Facebook.


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