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IN PICTURES - Hundreds turn out to Droitwich's D-Day commemorations

Droitwich Editorial 7th Jun, 2024   0

HUNDREDS of people joined in with events organised in Droitwich Spa to commemorate the 80th anniversary of D-Day.

The day began with the proclamation from Town Crier Edgar Harwood and there was a wreath-laying at the War Memorial in Victoria Square at 11am.

People flocked to see the special D-Day exhibition in Droitwich Heritage Centre throughout the day.

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And the town came alive to the sound of 1940s music outside the centre in the evening, thanks to a performance by Nim Hasaj. Her repertoire included classics, such as Rule Britannian, Don’t Come Under the Apple Tree and hits by Vera Lynne.

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The crowds were wowed by a drumming display from the 2516 (Droitwich) Squadron Air Cadets.

Then a moving service was held on the hillside at St Augustine’s Church in front of another sizable crowd which wanted to Pat its respects.




It began with a drum performance by the 2516 (Droitwich) Squadron Air Cadets and a second reading of the proclamation by Mr Harwood.

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Pravers were led by Rev Laura Handy and there was The Last Post, two-minute silence and Reveille.


A special 80th anniversary beacon was lit by the Mayor of Droitwich, Coun Alex Sinton.

Coun Sinton said: “The whole day has been very good.

“It’s such an international event and we have had lots of visitors come into town to see the D-Day exhibition.”

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Rev Handy said: “We recognise how important it is to remember those involved in the D-Day Landings.

“We can’t even imagine what it was like.”

The D-Day Landings on June 6, 1944 was the largest air, naval and land operation in history.

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Allied forces crossed the English Channel and landed on the coast of Normandy to liberate Europe and defeat Germany in the Second World War.

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