D-Day 70 Commemorations in Portsmouth

D-Day 70 Commemorations

3-8 June 2014

Information from the Events Team, Portsmouth City Council.
Full details of the events can be found online at the Visit Portsmouth and Portsmouth Commemorates 2014 websites.
Updated with additional information 4 June 2014.

If you have a military vehicle, are a re-enactor or trader who would like to take part in the commemorative events in Portsmouth on 5-8 June, please contact Portsmouth City Council's Events Team now to book a space.

Veterans Centre, Southsea Common

A Veterans Centre will be open from 3-8 June primarily aimed at D-Day Veterans. Veterans of subsequent conflicts will also be welcome to visit. This will provide a focal point for Veterans and their families to congregate during the Commemorations. The Centre will provide an opportunity for Veterans to meet up with follow comrades, register their contact details to try to put them in touch with comrades and friends, have a souvenir photograph taken and the opportunity to sign the D-Day Commemoration Book leaving a personal tribute. We will also be inviting Veterans to share their experiences of D-Day through interviews and talks that will be recorded for future generations to learn from. The Centre will offer a range of amenities, displays and services aimed at Veterans. There will be free refreshments available for D-Day Veterans and archive films on display. Full details of the Commemorations programme, free tickets for reserved D-Day Veteran seating at the concerts and further information will be available from here. D-Day Veterans will also be able to collect their free D-Day 70 Commemorative pin badge from the Veterans Centre - a token of Portsmouth's thanks to the D-Day Veterans.

Thursday 5 June 2014

10am-7pm
D-Day Museum, Southsea seafront
D-Day Museum open late, to 7pm. What better time to visit us than a day before the 70th anniversary of D-Day (other than the actual anniversary, of course!).

10.45am
Drumhead Ceremony, Southsea Common

A Drumhead Ceremony featuring the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Portsmouth, post-WW2 veterans, cadets and serving members of the Armed Forces will be held in recognition of those who were killed during the D-Day landings. This will feature a military parade along the seafront, and the ceremony will take place on Southsea Common. Watch from the Common. There will also be military vehicles and representatives of the modern armed forces.

12.05pm-1pm
Royal Navy and Royal Marines Display, Southsea Common

A spectacular amphibious assault landing on Southsea seafront by the Royal Marines showcasing the capabilities of the current Armed Forces, including two Sea King helicopters. Close-up views of the landing will be shown on 25 square metre big screens on the Common so that everyone can get a good view!

2pm
A 22-minute display by the RAF Red Arrows over the Solent and Southsea Common.

Followed at around 2.45pm by Symbolic Crossing: Brittany ferry departing for Normandy with veterans and their families aboard.

7pm-10pm
Sunset Concert for Heroes, Southsea Common

A bespoke concert produced by the renowned Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra will pay tribute to the D-Day Veterans and their families who will be the guests of honour. The programme will feature film music and moments of Commemoration. Free and unticketed. Limited seating is available, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Friday 6 June 2014

9am-7pm
D-Day Museum, Southsea seafront

Free admission to the D-Day Museum today, to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day! We are open early, and staying open late. Please consider donating your admission fee to support our plans to transform the D-Day Museum and keep our veterans' stories alive.

10.50am
D-Day Remembrance Service, Southsea Seafront

A Remembrance Service will be held at the D-Day Stone in Southsea to commemorate those killed during the D-Day landings. Following the Ceremony there will be a parade for those who wish to march, from the D-Day Stone along the seafront past the D-Day Museum and the statue of Field Marshal Viscount Montgomery to Southsea Common. Historic vehicles and members of the modern armed forces will be available to assist WW2 veterans in getting from the D-Day Stone to the Common.

Afternoon
Normandy Commemorations, Southsea Common

Bring a picnic and watch the live coverage of the Commemorations from Normandy which will be shown on big screens across the site.

7pm
D-Day Films, Southsea Common

Bring a picnic! Live performance from The Poppy Girls (7pm). Watch "Untold Chapter", a short film featuring WW2 veterans, created by the D-Day Museum's Youth Advisory Board Blackout44 (7.30pm). Following this will be a free screening of the famous D-Day film, The Longest Day, on big screens across the site (7.50pm).

Saturday 7 June 2014

10am - 6pm
The D-Day Experience, Southsea Common

A weekend of entertainment and activities for all the family featuring music from the 1940s, arena displays and parades, military vehicle exhibitors and displays, lindy hop dancers, 1940s vintage market, archive and war film screenings, talks by local veterans, homefront displays, photographic exhibitions, street theatre performances and much more.

11am-12pm
Armed Forces Reserve Parade, Southsea Common

A parade of Armed Forces Reservists along Southsea seafront, led by HMS King Alfred who are celebrating their 20th anniversary. Come along and show your support for the Reservists.

12pm-4pm
Arena programme, Southsea Common

a variety of events including cadet displays, unarmed combat, marching bands and a cadet field gun challenge.

7pm-10pm
1940s Concert, Southsea Common

A lively family oriented concert featuring the hit music of the 1940s with live singers including the Royal Marines Association Concert and Big Bands, the Portsmouth Military Wives Choir, Portsmouth Music Hub D-Day 70 Choir, and the Milton Glee Club. Limited free unticketed concert seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. Mark the occasion in style by coming along in 1940s clothes and don’t forget your dancing shoes!

10pm-10.30pm
Fireworks display from Clarence Esplanade

View from Southsea Common.

Sunday 8 June 2014 

10am - 6pm
The D-Day Experience, Southsea Common

A weekend of entertainment and activities for all the family featuring music from the 1940s, arena displays and parades, military vehicle exhibitors and displays, lindy hop dancers, 1940s vintage market, archive and war film screenings, talks by local veterans, homefront displays, photographic exhibitions, street theatre performances and much more.

1pm-5pm
Live at the Bandstand (on Southsea Comon)

The first 'Live at the Bandstand' performance of the summer, on the main stage on Southsea Common! Performances from Memphis Belles Swing Orchestra, The Patriot Girls, and guest DJs.

Further information:
Full details of the events can be found online: www.visitportsmouth.co.uk
Email: events@portsmouthcc.gov.uk or telephone 023 9283 4698