Commemorations to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day

This summer, Newport will join the rest of the UK and Europe in commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Normandy Landings, codenamed Operation Overlord, which took place on 6 June 1944.
mage of Normandy beach with the text D-Day 80 above it / Delwedd o draeth Normandi gyda'r testun D-Day 80 uwch ei ben

On Thursday 6 June 2024, the bravery and sacrifice of those people in securing the peace and freedom we enjoy today will be observed by the lighting of beacons around the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories.

The Queen Elizabeth II playing fields in Ringland will be hosting Newport’s beacon lighting ceremony to remember the 210,000 Allied casualties of the landings. The event will start at 7:30pm with beacon lit at 9:15pm. It will be followed by the reading of an international tribute. 

Before the lighting of the Beacon, there will be musical performances by Gwent Music Brass Ensemble, Gwent Music Celtic Group, City of Newport Male Choir and Newport Cathedral Choir. Come along, bring a picnic and chair and join in.

A road closure will be in place on Edward German Crescent and Butterworth Close from 5:30pm to 10pm. Access will be available on Edward German Crescent from its access off Sterndale Bennett Close to Newman Close, Warlock Close and Tippett Close. 

Saturday 8 June will see the annual D-Day parade and service take place in the city centre. 

The parade will start from the top of Cambrian Road at 11:45am. It will be led by the Newport Stedfast Band and will make its way to Bridge Street before continuing up High Street to the D-Day Memorial where a short service will take place. 

To find out more about the events taking place across the UK to mark D-Day visit www.d-day80beacons.co.uk