CHRISTCHURCH Town Council has unveiled its plans for a commemorative ‘D-Day:80’ event at Christchurch Quay.

The event will mark the 80th anniversary of the historic D-Day landings, honouring the bravery and sacrifices made by those who served during World War II.

Taking place on Thursday, June 6, D-Day:80 aims to create a meaningful, respectful and educational commemorative celebration while highlighting the critical role Christchurch played throughout the war.

There will be live music, a beacon lighting, a history hub, and more from 6pm to 10pm.

James Atkinson, acting town clerk, said: “With a huge offering for everyone in the community, we are looking forward to hosting this magnificent commemorative event.

“With a focus on bringing the town together, the evening is designed to honour the legacy of our veterans and ensure their stories and the history of Christchurch is remembered for generations to come.”

The evening will commence at 6pm with the Town Crier’s Proclamation, followed by Christchurch churches ringing out for peace at 6.30pm.

Attendees will enjoy performances by local choirs and bands, including the Funky Little Choir, British Legion, and headline vintage act The Fifinellas.

A ‘History Hub’ will be set up in collaboration with the Red House Museum, Christchurch History Society, and Friends of New Forest Air Fields, providing insights into the area's role in World War II.

Additional entertainment will include classic cars, the fire brigade and stalls from community groups.

The event will culminate in a stirring finale with the Last Scots Pipe, Beacon Lighting and reading of the International Tribute.

This will be followed by a performance from the Christchurch and District Band playing wartime classics, with members of the public encouraged to take part in a torchlight vigil during the performance to pay respects to the fallen.

Mandy Polkey, owner of Stir Events, said: “Stir Events CIC are both proud and pleased to be contracted to deliver such a special historical and commemorative D Day anniversary event in Christchurch.

"We very much enjoy working with the team at Christchurch Town Council and look forward to delivering this community event with them.”