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Patchway commemorates D Day 80 with Beacon Lighting event at the BMX Track

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Patchway Town Council commemorated the 80th Anniversary of the D Day Landings on 6th June 2024 with a memorable event held at the BMX Track on Waterside Drive concluding with a ceremonial lighting of the Beacon as part of the nationwide programme at 9.15pm.

The evening included representatives from the Royal British Legion who talked to people about the role of the Legion and the support it provides. The Legion also arranged for a selection of miliary vehicles and weaponry to be on display including a WW2 American jeep.

This was complemented by the attendance of the Patchway Army Cadet Force, Avon Sea Cadets, Avon & Somerset Police Cadets, 2nd Patchway Scouts, FACE Charity and Lovell Place Care Home who were able to talk to local residents about their organisations and opportunities for the local community.

On National Fish & Chip Day, there was fish and chips available for people to enjoy, as well as wonderfully nostalgic live music from the D Day Dollies provided by Mini Concerts.

Around 500 local residents and families attended the event across the evening which was supported by local Town Councillors including the Mayor of Patchway, Cllr Dayley Lawrence, and kindly sponsored by AJ Mowers.

At just before 9.15pm, the crowd headed over to the Beacon for a reading of the International Tribute before the beacon was lit as part of a nationwide commemoration of this historic moment in our nations history.

The Patchway D Day commemorative event was  listed in the top 10 events mentioned by Bristol Post HERE


10th June 2024

See the film on YouTube HERE © Gary Millard Creative

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