D-Day 80: Horsham events to mark anniversary of Normandy landings

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​A series of events organised by Horsham District Council and the Horsham Branch of the Royal British Legion are taking place on June 6 to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings and everyone is invited to attend.

St Mary’s Church in Horsham’s Causeway will be the focus of a ‘Ringing out for Peace’ bell ringing ceremony at 6.30pm to which the whole community is invited.

This is part of a national initiative and churches across the country will be taking part.

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Rev’d Canon Lisa Barnett of St Mary’s Church will lead prayers in the Carfax at 7.15pm.

Horsham's D-Day events will take place at St Mary’s Church in the Causeway and in the Carfax (Photo: Steve Robards SR2005052)Horsham's D-Day events will take place at St Mary’s Church in the Causeway and in the Carfax (Photo: Steve Robards SR2005052)
Horsham's D-Day events will take place at St Mary’s Church in the Causeway and in the Carfax (Photo: Steve Robards SR2005052)

There will then be entertainment on the Bandstand from The Spinettes who will perform a wide selection of war time favourites and retro hits from the 1940s to the present day.

Councils and communities across the country have been invited to celebrate the D-Day anniversary by lighting a Beacon.

Representatives from the Royal British Legion, Horsham District Council, and St Mary’s Church will come together to light the Beacon at 9pm at the War Memorial.

Further prayers of commemoration will be held.

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There will be a short address by the council’s chairman, councillor Nigel Emery, and the chairman of the Horsham Branch of the Royal British Legion.

The D-Day flag will then be lowered.

The Beacon will be lit at the same time as the five Beacons that will be lit along the beaches of Normandy, representing the light of peace after the darkness of war.