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Lib Day celebration to feature biggest ever motor cavalcade

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THE BIGGEST ever motor cavalcade will be seen in the island this year to commemorate 75 years since the Liberation of Guernsey.

Featuring more than 250 vehicles, including 90 military vehicles visiting from the UK, the cavalcade will start at L’Ancresse and end in St Peter Port.

Vintage cars, floats, tractors and various groups of people will join the cavalcade at La Salerie and parade along the seafront.

Other commemorative events will take place including a re-enactment on the Victoria slip of the first British troops to liberate Guernsey on the morning of 9 May 1945.

A veteran of the D-Day landings in Normandy will be drafted in to Guernsey to land a representation of troops of ‘Operation Omelette’, the code-name given to the original landing force of 9 May 1945.

Head of marketing and events at Sport & Culture Nikki Symons said: ‘It will be a very moving experience watching a re-enactment of the British troops landing in Guernsey to liberate the island. What a great way to start the day’s proceedings.’

There will be an HMS Medusa re-enactment followed by the secondary schools’ race, the main parade which will be led by the visiting Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment band and the unveiling of the 75th anniversary commemorative monument.

The parade will then march to the Town Church for the 11am service.

There will be a parachute display by the regiment’s free fall team, The Tigers, and plenty of activities and entertainment on the town piers.

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Julie Settle from EC Events said: ‘We are including lots for the youngsters to take part in at the Credit Suisse Kids Zone on Crown Pier, such as a four-side climbing wall, bouncy castles and art activities.’

Albert Pier will host the Home Front Marquee featuring a host of music and entertainment all day and into the evening, plus there will be a food village, seating and a dedicated performance area for majorettes and dance groups.

Castle Emplacement will feature a market, children’s carousel and aquativity zone. Castle Cornet will be free and open all day with the Band of The Bugles & Drums of The Stedfast Association and the Band of the 2nd Guernsey Boys Brigade.

The Waitrose NAAFI tea tent will again be at the Albany, with a performance area next to it at the bus terminus.

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The finale of the day will be the firework display to music at 9.30pm, lighting up Castle Cornet and the harbour.

People are encouraged to dress up in 1940s costume for the day.

  • For more information and updates follow the Guernsey Liberation Day Facebook page.
Zoe Fitch

By Zoe Fitch
News reporter

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