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Special parade and tribute to D-Day heroes in Great Yarmouth

A Poppy wreath for Remembrance Sunday and other occasions.

Picture: James Bass

A Poppy wreath for Remembrance Sunday and other occasions. Picture: James Bass

Archant Norfolk Photographic © 2014

A special parade will commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day, on Friday, June 6.

And community groups are invited to take part in the ceremony in St George’s Park, Great Yarmouth.

On that date in 1944, thousands of Allied troops began landing on the beaches of Normandy, in northern France, at the start of a major offensive against the Germans, during the Second World War.

The operation played a major part in the defeat of Nazi Germany, and the public ceremony has been organised by the Yarmouth branch of the Memorable Order of Tin Hats (MOTH), in conjunction with the Great Yarmouth branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL) and the borough council.

The ceremony, which will see residents and dignitaries gather in the centre of the park, will start at 6.30pm with a parade from St George’s Theatre to the park by ex-servicemen and other community groups.

Chairman of the Yarmouth RBL, Paul Williams, said: “The occasion is as much to commemoraste those who came back, as well as those who died.”

There will be a service led by the Rev Canon Chris Terry of Yarmouth Minister. And, as one of her first duties as 
mayor, Cllr Marlene Fairhead, who is currently the mayor elect, will lay a wreath on behalf of the people of the borough at St George’s Park’s Second World War memorial - just a short distance from the major First World War memorial.

A borough council spokesman said: “The First World War is rightly in a lot of people’s minds at the moment, as 2014 is the centenary of the outbreak of war. But it is equally important that we mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

“This was a major turning-point for the Allies in the Second World War, and is still as relevant as ever to commemorate the bravery and sacrifice of the service personnel who fought to secure our freedoms.

“And to ensure that more people are able to attend this special anniversary, the start time has been moved from 11am to 6.30pm.

“We look forward to an especially big turnout – and hope that lots of groups, including youth groups, will take part in the parade.”

Those interested in taking part in the procession should contact Laura Goodman, the borough council’s civic events officer, by calling her on 01483 846125 or lauragoodman@great-yarmouth.gov.uk

Anyone interested in laying a wreath as part of the ceremony should contact Paul Williams on 01493 663025.

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