Wednesday, 25 June 2014

D-Day: the parties go on

THE Queen and President Obama have been and gone, but hop across the Channel and until the end of the summer you can immerse yourself in D-Day and 40's fever with liberation balls, parades, open-air film screenings, firework displays, exhibitions, and concerts.

The Battle of Normandy raged for 100 days and to mark the 70th anniversary, the special events calendar will last the full 100 days. Many of the region's towns and villages will be holding events to commemorate the date of their liberation

Event highlights:
  • The Lights of Freedom - Bayeux, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays until August 23, (except 1st, 2rd and 5th July). From nightfall until 12.30am, a sound and light show extravaganza will see the city's magnificent 12th century cathedral light up in a rainbow of colours. 
  • 51st Highland Division Tour of Normandy – Various locations, August 16-24. In memory of the Scottish regiments which liberated several Normandy towns and villages in the summer of 1944, the French 51st Highland Division Memorial Pipe Band will tour the region. There will be exhibitions about the Scottish Regiment, haggis tasting, live pipe band music, parades, commemorative ceremonies, film screenings, and BB’s.
  • Overlord Jazz Concert and Cocktail party –Touques, August 22. As part of the 'Jazz and Cocktail Fridays Festival,' the Overlord Octet, an ensemble of six musicians, will give a D-Day70 special concert. The group offer an original spin on Glenn Miller's music.

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