D-Day Commemorations in Glastonbury


08:00-08:15    ‘D-Day 80 Proclamation’ Glastonbury Town Crier David Greenway will publicly announce the ‘D-Day 80 Proclamation’ at the Market Cross to commemorate the 80th Anniversary of the D-Day landings accompanied by Glastonbury’s Civic Bagpiper Craig MacFarlane.

09:00-09:30    ‘Prayers for Peace’ The Mayor of Glastonbury and Glastonbury’s faith leaders will gather to observe ‘Prayers for Peace’ to commemorate the 80th Anniversary of D-Day. The Town Hall will fly the D-Day 80 Flag.

11:00-11:30     ‘D-Day Heroes’ Children from Glastonbury’s schools will read out a poem specially written by Chelsea Pensioner Roy Palmer – Herald of the Royal Hospital – to commemorate the 80th Anniversary of D-Day.

11:30-18:00     ‘Model Aircraft Display’ – Philip Beckinsale, Acting Pilot Officer No: 914 (Glastonbury & Street) Squadron, will be showing a model aircraft display in St. John’s Church, including aircraft linked directly with D-Day, plus a large selection of US, RAF, Luftwaffe, and dioramas of V1 & V2 rocket launch site models.

16:30-18:00    ‘National Fish and Chip Day Extravaganza!’ – Joining local Veterans in the Market Place to eat the nation’s favourite ‘take away’, the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset, Ted Allen, will give a commemorative address and Glastonbury Brass will play music from the 1940s.

18:30               ‘Ringing Out for Peace’ The bell-ringers of St John’s will join Churches from around the UK in to observe the 80th Anniversary of D-Day.

21:00-21:45    ‘Beacon Lighting at the Tor!’ – Join us on the summit of Glastonbury Tor, where the D-Day 80 Beacon will be lit at 9:15 pm by Prebendary David MacGeoch, Vicar of Glastonbury, following a formal Tribute read by Mohammed Saddiq, Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset.