When: 7th & 8th June 2014
Where: Southsea, Portsmouth
What is it?
Southsea, Portsmouth is holding a free, family-friendly, D-Day Experience weekend on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th June. The event is being held to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings, which took place on 6th June 1944.
Southsea Common will come alive with entertainment and activities for all ages including live music from the 1940s, arena displays and parades, military vehicle exhibitions and lindy hop dancers. There will also be a 1940s vintage market, archive and war film screenings, talks by local veterans, homefront displays, photographic exhibitions and street theatre performances.
On the Saturday evening, from 7pm, a lively family concert will feature hit music from the 1940s with live singers and bands, building up to a fireworks finale. Why not mark the occasion in style by going along in 1940s clothes? Don’t forget your dancing shoes!
D-Day was a turning point in the Second World War, and a moment when the course of world events depended on the Allied troops taking part. Southsea Seafront, Portsmouth Dockyard and naval bases in Gosport, played a vital role in preparing and supplying the D-Day fleet and were critical embarkation points. Southwick House, just north of the city, was the headquarters of General Eisenhower during the operation.
Southsea is also home to the D-Day Museum, Britain’s only museum dedicated solely to covering all aspects of the D-Day landings in Normandy.
More info: www.visitportsmouth.co.uk