Forest of Dean community to host D-Day event to mark 80th anniversary

Red Devils Army Display Team will be coming to Mitcheldean
-Credit: (Image: Richard Mortimer)

This week has marked 80 years since D-Day when Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy to begin the liberation of France to bring about the end of WWII. To commemorate the day an event is due to take place in the Forest of Dean this weekend.

Based in Mitcheldean on Sunday June 9, the event will see a skydive by the Red Devils Army Display Team coming straight from its recreation of the airborne operations of 1944 in Normandy to Mitcheldean and landing in the Dene Magna school sport fields, trailing red smoke and a giant Union Flag.

The Royal British Legion and Reserve Forces will be carrying out a Parade of Standards alongside Cadet Youth Organisations, Sea Cadets, the Air Training Corps and the Army Cadet Force. Music from the 1940’s will delight fans of the era and the Innsworth Military Wives Choir will be singing.

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The Royal Navy P Commando Reenactment Group will be performing to give a taste of the wartime environment and a display of 40’s vehicles and a quarter size landing craft experience for children will add to the large range of activities on site, providing an action-packed and educational day which is supported by local schools.

Tracey Cruickshank is spearheading the organisation of the event and is a member of the Mitcheldean Parish Council and Vice Chair of the Longhope and District British Legion. “My family has a long and proud history of serving in the Forces and I believe that remembering their role in freeing Europe and the world from tyranny is hugely important and something that continues to this day, Tracey said. We need to commemorate the actions of 80 years ago and to understand what may have happened if D-Day had not taken place.”

Parking is free courtesy of the Vantage Point Business Village with shuttle busses provided by Dene Magna school and there is disabled access and parking on the Dene Magna site. Advance Tickets can be booked via at £5.00 for adults with children free or £7.50 on the gate.