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D-Day Commemorations

D-Day Commemorations

On Thursday 6 June, Burgess Hill Town Council will be hosting a community picnic and memorial service to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the D-Day Landings.
The largest Naval, Air and Land operation in history, D-Day will be commemorated across the country with the lighting of beacons at 9:15pm.

From 6 – 9:20pm, residents can come together at a community picnic in St John’s Park.
Three Penny Piece and Eight Beat Jive Lindy Hop will join us for music and dancing from the 1940s.
Olly’s Fish Shack and Burgess Hill Bonfire Society will be running food stalls for attendees to purchase fish and chips, or BBQ food!
The Cricket Club bar will be open throughout the event, and local community groups will run stalls with activities and games.

At 8:15pm, Father David of St John’s Church will be leading a memorial service at the War Memorial Garden.
Following the service, Burgess Hill Marching Youth will lead a parade back to St John’s Park ready for the lighting of the beacon.
The beacon will be lit at 9:15pm, followed by the singing of the National Anthem.

Thanks to the Royal British Legion, St John’s Church, Burgess Hill Heritage and History Association, Helen Underwood-Lewis, Central Sussex Rotary and Burgess Hill District Lions for their help with this community event.

The full programme of the day is available to download here.

D-Day Commemorations Poster