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Public invited to attend D-Day anniversary service

Residents are invited to the annual service of thanks and remembrance in Great Yarmouth to mark the anniversary of D-Day, on Monday, June 6.

On that date in 1944, nearly 160,000 men from Britain, the Commonwealth and North America landed on the beaches of Normandy, in northern France, at the start of a major offensive against the Germans, during the Second World War. The historic achievement led to the liberation of France and Allied victory in Europe.

The ceremony, marking the 78th anniversary of the landings, will take place in the centre of St George's Park. Attendees are asked to arrive at 5.50pm for a 6pm start. There will be a service of readings, prayers, and hymns, led by the Rev Canon Simon Ward, of Great Yarmouth Minster.

The service will include a two-minute silence and the singing of the National Anthem. Cllr Graham Plant, the mayor of the Great Yarmouth borough and Henry Cator, the High Steward, will both attend and lay wreaths at the Second World War Memorial.

The event is organised by Great Yarmouth Borough Council, in collaboration with the Great Yarmouth Minster and the Great Yarmouth branch of the Royal British Legion.

Cllr Plant said: "The D-Day service is always well attended and is an opportunity for the whole community to honour and remember those who sacrificed so much during the Second World War."

Last modified on 19 July 2023

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