Poignant D-Day memorial display of silhouette soldiers installed at Stewart Park

An emotive display of silhouette soldiers has been installed in a Middlesbrough park to commemorate those who lost their lives on D-Day and help keep history alive.

The installation sees 80 ‘Tommies’ standing with heads bowed, one for each year since the landings on June 6, 1944. The allied forces combined assault at Normandy during World War II was the largest seaborne invasion in history and ultimately led to the liberation of Europe.

The display on the old glasshouse site, near Captain Cook Birthplace Museum, was organised by Marton West councillor Ian Morrish and Nunthorpe Parish Councillor Jon Rathmell, with the help of local businesses, Askham Bryan College and Middlesbrough Council. It will be in place for just a few weeks until the end of June.

Cllr Morrish said: “We hope that the event is supported by people who wish to give thanks to those who gave up their lives to set Europe free. Both Cllr Rathmell and I would like to pay special thanks to Askham Bryan college, officers at Middlesbrough Council for their support and also to Cornerstone Business Solutions for donating the materials for the project."

Mr Rathmell said: "The biggest thing is the younger generation can visit and get an understanding of what it's for as it triggers them asking questions of their parents and grandparents. So it helps keep history alive."

The installation is the first in a number of events held to mark D-Day in Middlesbrough this week. On Thursday, a civic service will take place from 9pm at the Cenotaph including the International Beacon Lighting Ceremony at 9.15pm.

The statue of Middlesbrough man Company Sergeant Major Stanley Hollis, close to the Cenotaph, will be lit up during the event. CSM Hollis, of 6th Battalion, The Green Howards, singlehandedly captured 30 German fighters during an intense day of fighting and was awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery.

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