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In pictures: D-Day beacon lighting on the Flag Market

Posted on - 7th June, 2024 - 12:27pm | Author - | Posted in - Flag Market, History, Photos, Preston buildings & attractions, Preston Bus Station, Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Preston Locations, Preston News, Proud Preston, What's On in Preston
D-Day beacon lighting on the Flag Market. Pic: Michael Porter
D-Day beacon lighting on the Flag Market. Pic: Michael Porter

Preston kicked off a weekend of events yesterday (6 June) to mark the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

Yesterday marked the day which was the largest naval, land and air operation in history. 

The Flag Market saw a bell ringing at 6pm, Veterans and Cadets with the Hesketh Silver Band parade and choir performances which lead up to the beacon lighting at 9:15pm.

Read more: D-Day events in Preston, South Ribble and Chorley to mark 80th anniversary

Pic: Michael Porter

The lighting of the beacon is a country-wide act of commemoration and remembrance to pay tribute to all those who took part in D-Day.

UCLan is also remembering the event by hosting a presentation today (7 June) where people can learn about the D-Day story, expertly told by Professor Martin Alexander and Brigadier Peter Rafferty.

The final event in Preston will be tomorrow (8 June) and will see a range of events on the Flag Market including a parade, a 1940s fashion show inside the Guild Hall Foyer and military vehicle displays and cadet stalls on the Bus Station apron.

See the evening in pictures below, captured by Michael Porter.

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