D-Day 80 Events in Epsom

D-Day 80

On Thursday 6th June 2024 Epsom will join the nation in Commemorating the 80th Anniversary of D-Day, Operation Overlord, which some describe as the beginning of the end of World War 2. The D-Day Landings are recognised as the largest naval, air and land operation in history, with more than 150,000 troops landing on five beaches in Normandy and bringing about the liberation of north-west Europe from Nazi occupation. Commemorative events are taking place nationally to remember those who gave their lives during the D-Day Landings.

At 10.30am, 6 June 2024 at The Clocktower, Epsom Marketplace. All are welcome to join the Mayor of Epsom & Ewell, Councillor Steve Bridger, and Epsom & Ewell Councillors. Where the Mayor’s Chaplain, Reverend Russell Dewhurst, will lead a service to commemorate 80 years since the D-Day Landings

A special event to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the D-Day Landings is taking place on Epsom Downs on Thursday 6 June, 7–9.30pm.

The public are invited to come down to Epsom Downs Racecourse from 7pm, when the grandstand will open. Refreshments and fish and chips will be on sale, and a range of entertainment will be offered, including Show Choir and Epsom & Ewell Silver Band.

At 9pm, a ceremony will take place at the beacon on Epsom Downs, including a lone piper playing, and at 9.15pm the beacon will be lit. The beacon lighting is part of a national chain of beacons being lit across the country, and along the Normandy coast of France, and is designed to represent the ‘light of peace’ that emerged out of the darkness of war.

D-Day 80Cllr Clive Woodbridge, Chair of the Community and Wellbeing Committee at the council, said:

“The beacon lighting event is an opportunity for the community to come together to honour the thousands of people involved in the D-Day landings. Their brave actions enable us all to enjoy the peace and freedom we have today.

“We look forward to welcoming residents and visitors to this special and important event.”

 

Karen Pengelly, BID Manager at Go Epsom, said:

“Epsom’s beacon was erected two years ago to mark the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen. It is an absolute honour to be involved in the D-Day 80th commemoration. Epsom, just like many other places, played an active part in World War 2; this is our chance to remember the sacrifices made by so many.”

 

 

Tom Sammes, General Manager at Epsom Downs Racecourse, said:

“We are honoured and delighted to be a part of the D-Day 80th commemoration.  The racecourse was a key part of Epsom’s World War 2 response and we look forward to welcoming the community to remember the brave personnel who risked their lives for freedom and peace.”

 

The event is being jointly run by Go Epsom, Epsom downs Racecourse and Epsom & Ewell Borough Council.The event is free to attend

 

 

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