D-Day beacon to be lit on top of Gloucestershire beauty spot for invasion anniversary

A previous beacon being lit on Robinswood Hill
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Gloucester will join thousands of towns and cities across the country on Thursday (June 6) to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings. In the evening, alongside many other towns and cities, Gloucester’s beacon on Robinswood Hill will be lit as a tribute to those who took part in the landing

The D-Day landings took place on June 6, 1944 and saw allied troops land on five Normandy beaches to liberate north-west Europe from Nazi occupation. To commemorate the largest naval, air and land operation in history, Gloucester Town Crier, Alan Myatt, is set to read the official D-Day 80 proclamation at Gloucester Cross. The readings will take place at 8am, noon and 2pm.

Mayor of Gloucester, Councillor Lorraine Campbell will light the beacon at 9.15pm and read a tribute to mark the occasion. The event will be attended by representatives of the city including the Sheriff of Gloucester, Councillor Pam Tracey and Gloucester Town Crier, Alan Myatt.

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Dr Timothy Brain OBE will be speaking about his uncle Gilbert Brain MM who landed on the shores of Normandy. Members of the public are invited to attend however, they’re reminded to check the weather forecast as the route can be slippery.

Anyone attending should wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring a torch or head lamp.