LOCAL NEWS: D-Day events to be held in Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch


Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole are to host memorial events for the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings on June 6 and 7.

On the 6th there will be a short service in Poole to commemorate the lives lost during the invasion, there will be a two minute silence and a wreath laying ceremony – the new chair of BCP council will be in attendance.

Councillor Mark Howell, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration and Culture said: “We are extremely proud of the area’s role in the national effort during World War Two.

“I would encourage people to take a moment to remember the sacrifices made during the momentous events of 1944 and reflect over the history of our three towns.

“It is also a great opportunity to visit these libraries for some remarkable accounts of this crucial time in our history and that of the nation.”

Poole was the third largest embarkation point for the landings, with tens of thousands of Allied troops departing there for Normandy.

Christchurch Airfield was an important base for both the United States Airforce and the Royal Airforce.

Between 3 and 8 June Christchurch Library will be showcasing the role played by the US 405th Fighter Bomber Group; they were based at the airfield.

Bournemouth was a designated “defence area”, with its hotels being requisitioned for military use.

Bournemouth Library is hosting a heritage display in early June.

For more information on the events being held check out the libraries’ event guide, here.


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