Call out for D-Day memorabilia for 80th commemoration events

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A number of events commemorating the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings this June will be taking place across the borough – and Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council would love to connect with local people to get involved.

Events will be taking place in Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon and will include a church service, local schools participation, music and the lighting of the Beacon at 9.15pm, along with a reading of The International Tribute.

This anniversary of the D-Day landings remembers those who sacrificed so much for peace and freedom 80 years ago and we would like to invite members of the public to join with us to mark this occasion,” commented the Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, Alderman Margaret Tinsley.

“If you have a war-time story to share, some item belonging to a relative or photograph of a member of your family, please get in touch with the officers organising the events and see how you can become involved in our events.”

All events will take place on Thursday 6th June at 8pm, with the lighting of the Beacons at 9.15pm.

The Armagh event will take place in St Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral. The service, commemorating the 80th anniversary of D-Day will include an act of remembrance followed by the lighting of the Beacon.

Craigavon Civic and Conference Centre will host local school children involved in D-Day projects, some music, light refreshments and the lighting of the Beacon at Craigavon Lakes.

The Banbridge event will be held at the Civic Building and will take the same format as the Craigavon event, with the Beacon being lit at the front of the building.

Everyone is warmly invited to attend an event of their choice and if you have a story or memorabilia that could be shared, please get in touch with Diane Stinson on 07786 517 767 or email

This initiative is supported through The Executive Office District Council Good Relations Programme.