Lutterworth ceremony to mark 80th anniversary of D-Day - The Rugby Observer

Lutterworth ceremony to mark 80th anniversary of D-Day

Rugby Editorial 30th May, 2024   0

THE 80TH anniversary of D-Day will be marked by a special ceremony in Lutterworth.

The milestone, which takes place on Thursday June 6, marks 80 years since allied forces mounted the largest amphibious invasion the world has ever witnessed during the Second World War – the start of the campaign which eventually led to victory and freedom in Europe less than 12 months later.

Lutterworth Town Council is hosting a beacon-lighting ceremony at Coventry Road Recreation Ground at 9.15pm. Food and drink will be available to purchase from 8-10pm and there will be music from Lutterworth Town Band.

Elsewhere in the district, Harborough District Council (HDC) will host a flag-raising ceremony at The Symington Building in Market Harborough at 9am that day. The event, which includes a short declaration and prayer led by Rev Phil Bryson, will be attended by local veterans and council representatives.




From 7pm, there will be a commemorative church service at St Dionysius Church in Market Harborough. The service will be attended by council representatives and veterans from the Royal British Legion, Royal Naval Association, members of the local sea, army, air and police cadet organisations and the town’s Scouts and Guides groups. Members of the public are invited to attend.

Lubenham Parish Council is also lighting a beacon at Lubenham Village Green at 9.15pm. This will be preceded by a chance to view a D-Day photographic display in the village hall and listen to a commemorative reading.


A 1940s Weekend is taking place at Harborough Indoor Market on Saturday and Sunday June 8 and 9. The event will showcase music, stalls, fancy dress and memorabilia.

HDC leader Coun Phil Knowles said: “This is a significant anniversary across the country and the world. It is only right we come together to remember and honour the bravery and sacrifice of those involved to ensure D-Day is never forgotten.”

The council has put up Union Flags in Market Harborough and will light up The Symington Building and The Square’s event lights red, white and blue as a further mark of respect.

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