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80th Anniversary of D-Day

10 Jun 2024

Nottinghamshire helped to commemorate the 80th Anniversary of D-Day with a number of services and events.

A special Evensong service was hosted at Southwell Minster, attended by the Lord-Lieutenant and guests from across the City and County. One special guest was former Able Seaman Desmond Burrows RN, HMS QUEBEC, First Landing Craft, LCT23, 1942-46. You can hear his story in the BBC news clip below. 


On 6 June 2024, the Lord-Lieutenant attended a service organised by Worksop Branch Royal British Legion in the Memorial Gardens in Newcastle Avenue, Worksop. Several hundred local folks attended including a significant number of veterans who formed a colour party. The five D Day beaches were each marked with a cross.

Deputy Lieutenants attended other events and services including at Oxton, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Bingham, East Leake, Eastwood, Newark, Retford, Flintham and Plumtree

On 11 June 2024, Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire County Council, supported by Nottinghamshire Lieutenancy, hosted a sunset service at the Victoria Embankment War Memorial to commemorate the 80th Anniversary of D-Day. The Drumhead Service was officiated by the Padres of Nottinghamshire Army Cadet Force, the Rev Paul Massey and the Rev Mark Orr, including a parade of County Veterans and Standards, the Act of Remembrance and closing with the sunset ceremony, with the band of the South Nottinghamshire Hussars Association providing the music.

On 12 June, more than 30 Nottinghamshire residents over the age of 90 were welcomed at County Hall for a special Afternoon Tea event as part of the 80th anniversary commemorations of D-Day. They were joined by Deputy Lieutenant Col. Tim Richmond OBE TD DL, a group of schoolchildren from West Bridgford Junior School and the Nottingham Military Wives Choir, who performed a selection of war-time favourites throughout the afternoon.

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