D Day Commemoration (Brixham)

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Brixham Harbour, Brixham, Devon, TQ5 9BP

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75th Anniversary of D Day 

A series of events reflecting life in Brixham during the 1940's and marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

With the 75th Anniversary of D-Day approaching, over 60 free 1940s activities, will be hitting the streets of Brixham from 1st-9th June. Organised by Brixham Future, the events are expected to attract a wide audience of visitors and residents of all generations, as Brixham business owners come together to transform the town.

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One of the main highlights will be a free tour of the historic vessel Motor Torpedo Boat 102. The 68-foot boat will be moored in Brixham Marina from 3rd-9th June and is the fastest and smallest vessel ever to serve as a flagship for the Royal Navy. It is one of the few surviving WW2 Motor Torpedo Boats and carried Churchill and Eisenhower when planning the invasion of Normandy. It was also used in The Eagle Has Landed (1976) and Dunkirk (2017) film productions.

Other 1940s themed events during the week include a themed car boot, display of 3 iconic cars, a ‘Churchill is Missing!’ fun treasure hunt with prizes, guided walks and talks about life in the 40s and a public talk by Keith Metcalfe about WW2 Medals, where you can even bring along your own medals.

For the music and dance lovers, there will be a vibrant gathering of live music in the Old Fish Market or Shoalstone Pool, with guest performers Sharon Hubbocks, Torbay Ukulele Band, Orpheus Male Choir, Brixham Town Band. Local singers Sandy Sparkle and The Liberty Sisters will be singing their 40s tunes and there will be dance displays from Lindy Hoppers.

One of the star performers will be the Lympstone Military Wives Choir, formed following the TV show ‘The Choir: Military Wives’ hosted by Gareth Malone. They will be appearing at the Baptist Church at 2pm on Saturday 8th June.

For the creative minds, there will be a Victory Art Exhibition, a 1940s craft market and a 1940s fashion show. The Old Coaching Inn on Fore Street will be showing a free ‘40s Film Every Day’ plus the premiere of ‘Brixham on D-Day’, a new film by the South Devon Players, will be shown on 2 June.

Brixham played a key role in WW2 as the American 4th Infantry Division departed from Breakwater Beach to land in Normandy on June 6th 1944. On the evening of 5th June, there will be Vigil Service in St Mary’s Church in commemoration of those who served and sacrificed from all nations. On 6th June, The British Legion will lead a parade from the ‘Man and Boy’ statue for a short inter-denominational service of commemoration on Breakwater Beach. At 6pm, an air raid siren will sound the ‘All-Clear’, followed by the Last Post.

To celebrate the freedoms won by our forebears, the 6th June ends with a concert by AJ's Big Band – a  17 piece band playing a range of 1940s music in Brixham Theatre.

Chair of Brixham Future, John Brennan said; “With over 60 activities planned, each day will offer something for everyone to enjoy. It’s been a community effort - shops, cafes and Brixham businesses have all come together to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day and provide educational, entertaining activities for all generations. So please, look at our website for all the details -  www.d-day-brixham.uk – and come on down to Brixham in June to join in with the activities.” 

To support the event, Brixham Future are also running a £10/ticket raffle to win a flight in a WW2 Spitfire, departing from Exeter Airport. With only 999 tickets available, this once in a lifetime flight experience, worth £3,000, will be a great prize for the lucky winner when the raffle is drawn on Monday 6th May at The Old Coaching Inn in Brixham. Tickets are available on the website or in several Brixham stores.            

Free things not to miss while you are visiting Brixham there will be exhibitions, events and specific activities on each day to enjoy.
Sit down in a cafe and hear the speeches of Sir Winston Churchill; the sound of the air-raid siren followed by the all clear; admire the 1940s
window displays and vehicles in the streets; the dance displays or music in our Old Fish Market or at Shoalstone Pool; or simply chat to the
re-enactors and historians around you.

Make sure you don't miss:
Motor Torpedo Boat 102
Middle Street Treasure Hunt
Saint Mary`s Church
The Old Coaching Inn
Brixham Theatre
D-Day Parade
Vigil Service
All Saints Church
Brixham Battery Museum
Strand Art Gallery
Shoalstone Pool
Lympstone Military Wives Choir
Brixham Heritage Museum
Sharon Hubbocks - The Magic Bow

All events are FREE and open to all unless stated

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