D-Day ceremony to be held at Spittal

A commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings is being held at Spittal beach.

Wednesday, 29th May 2019, 4:17 pm
A Tommy silhouette on Spittal beach. Picture by Alan Hughes

The event has been organised by the North Northumberland branch of the Royal British Legion, supported by St John’s Church, Spittal and the Berwick-upon-Tweed RBL Pipe Band.

It will be held at 7pm on Thursday. June 6, by the Pavilion.

The simple ceremony will remember the bravery of the men who landed and fought on the beaches of Normandy and also the men and women whose contribution to the war effort made D-Day possible.

Their combined efforts saw a force of 5,333 Allied ships and landing craft, supported by the British and American Air Forces put 75,215 British and Canadian and 57,500 Americans ashore. By the end of the day, the Allies had established a foothold in Normandy, but at the cost of 3,400 killed or missing.

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The Reverend Diana MacNaughton will preside over the open-air service and it is hoped for great support from local residents, churches, Berwick cadets and civic organisations.

Afterwards St Johns Church will be open for tea and coffee.

Tim Cryar, chairman of the North Northumberland Royal British Legion said; “This is a really important event to remember one of the most significant acts of World War 2 and of the human sacrifices which made it possible.”

Rev Diana MacNaughton added: “I hope our town will come to pause and remember all of the people from all over the world, involved in the success of D-Day and its impact, military and civilian on all sides.”