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Get ready to join us for an unforgettable commemoration as Blackpool marks the 80th anniversary of D-Day on Thursday 6 June 2024.

We invite you to be part of this meaningful event, where we'll come together to honour the remarkable bravery and sacrifices of those who played a crucial role in the historic Allied invasion of Normandy during World War II.

"Shadows in the Sand" Sand Art Event

Our evening begins with "Shadows in the Sand", a touching tribute to the heroes of World War II. You can be a part of creating powerful sand art using stencils to portray life-sized soldiers on the beach.

Join us at the Tower Festival Headland and etch these poignant figures into the sand. Watch as the images gradually fade with the tide, symbolising our remembrance of these extraordinary individuals.

Timings: 18:30 for participants only, then open to the public from 19:00 availability permitting.

Bells Across Blackpool

At 18:30, the chimes of local church and town bells will resound in remembrance as part of the 'Ringing out for Peace' initiative, uniting us in honouring the spirit of unity and peace.

"Seaside Reflection" Mile-Walk

After "Shadows in the Sand," we invite you, along with personal, cadets, veterans, and members of the public, to join us for a beautiful one-mile walk of "Seaside Reflection".

Starting at the Tower Festival Headland around 19:30, the walk will take place on the beach, heading to Central Pier, turning round and walking towards North Pier, and returning to the Headland for the Beacon Lighting ceremony.

A piper will lead the walk, evoking memories of William (Bill) Millin's historic march 80 years ago. For those who prefer an easier stroll, an alternative Promenade route is available, offering a smooth, level surface for a leisurely walk.

Beacon of Peace

From 20:30 there will be live music from the Salvation Army.

The evening reaches its pinnacle at 21:00 at the Blackpool Tower Festival Headland with the "Lighting of the Beacon of Peace" Ceremony.

A special guest will have the honour of igniting the tower in Red, White, and Blue, while the Beacon of Peace – a powerful beam of light – will shine over the Irish Sea, symbolising the emergence of peace from the darkness of war. Before the Beacon is lit, we will respectfully fall silent as "The International Tribute" is read, bringing our evening to a close.

Join us as we come together to honour, reflect, and celebrate the enduring legacy of the heroes of D-Day.

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