D Day – 80th Anniversary

Thursday 6th June 2024 saw the commemorations of the 80th Anniversary of D Day.

Many of us listened to special radio broadcasts or watched on TV the events that were attended by World Leaders here in the UK and in France.

Here in Collingham we marked the occasion by raising the flag at the specified time of 9.15am and lit a beacon at 9.15pm.

The Parish Council would like to thank everyone involved in making these events successful. Sid Guest proudly raised our flag in the morning and the Royal Oak hosted our Beacon Lighting event in the evening.

It was also National Fish and Chip Day so the pub served us traditional fish and chips.

The weather was kind so the events took place in the beer garden which had been decked out with flags and bunting.

Melvyn Prior hosted the event, which included entertainment from two Pipers from the Seaforth Highlanders namely Pipe Major Robert Orridge and Quartermaster Sergeant Ian Pitman, The Collingham Singers and local Singer Songwriter Thomas Barrie.

Trevor Woodcock, a Collingham born resident, lit the beacon and the Chairman of the Parish Council, Iain Orme, followed with a reading of the international tribute.

The pub kindly made a donation from each meal served and this added to the money from the collecting buckets meant that we raised £164.15 for the Royal British Legion.

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