Cheshire Independent Issue 189

JUNE 2024 2 We will remember Service: Commemorations in Congleton (Photo credit: Congleton Town Council) Commemoration: The lighting of the D-Day Lantern at Tra!ord Town Hall (Photo credit: Tra!ord Council) COMMUNITIES across Cheshire, Stockport and Trafford came together in poignant commemoration for the 80th anniversary of the D-Day Landings. Troops from across the area played their part in the historic landings on Norman- dy’s beaches on June 6, 1944. The largest seaborne invasion in history. Along with the associated airborne operations, it marked the beginning of the liberation of France and western Europe. To mark the anniversary, beacons were lit in towns and parishes and services of commemoration and remem- brance were held attended by thousands of people. In MACCLESFIELD a ceremony took place at the town hall with the tribute reading given by the town’s mayor Sandy Livingstone. The event was attended by veterans, members of the Macclesfield branch of the Royal British Legion and Clare Hayward, high sheriff of Cheshire. In NANTWICH a beacon was lit in commemoration. It was one of several events that took place during the day including proclamations from the town crier Devlin Hobson. There were ‘D-Day heroes’ readings from local cadets and wreath laying. The bells of St Mary’s Nantwich rang out and Cheshire Police Band gave a performance following the beacon lighting. General Eisenhower’s D-day speech was also read by Phil Reade from the Royal British Legion’s Nant- wich branch. The re-dedication cere- mony of WINSFORD’s war memorials took place on the anniversary of the landings. It followed their restora- tion and relocation to a new square in front of the town’s library as part of the town centre regeneration project. The ceremony was led by Reverend Allen Moyo, of St Andrew’s Methodist Church and included blessings and readings to commemorate the town’s fallen and the heroic events of D-Day. A memorial service to mark the anniversary was held at the Centennial War Memorial in KNUTSFORD . The service was led by Knutsford mayor Colin Banks and his chaplain Rev Paul Deakin. Afterwards, the town joined communities across the country to light a beacon. The anniversary was marked in CONGLETON with wreath laying at the town’s cenotaph. The bells at St Peter’s Church were heard ‘Ringing Out For Peace’. The Rode Hall Silver Band also held a concert which was an evening of reflection with a brief trip through history. The HANDFORTH D-Day commemoration was organised by NAAFI Break Handforth, a local support peer group for veterans and their families, and featured stalls, music, dancing and refreshments at the commu- nity centre. SANDBACH marked the day with a full day of activ- ities. The D-Day 80 procla- mation was read at the town’s war memorial. Local schools took part in the reading of the D-Day heroes poem, the bell of St Mary’s Church rang out and a fish and chip supper marked the importance of the traditional meal during the Second World War. A parade from the town hall was followed by the light- ing of a beacon at the Cobbles. Shavington-cum-Gresty Parish Council hosted screens across the world as she led the emotional torch- light parade to light the war graves in Normandy. The 17-year-old, who lives in ALTRINCHAM and is Trafford Council and Greater Manchester’s first ever May- or’s Cadet of the Year, joined the Princess Royal, Princess Anne, at the event ahead of the 80th anniversary of the Second World War campaign to liberate Europe from Nazi a two-day exhibition to commemorate the anni- versary. A beacon was lit at St Mark’s Church field in SHAVINGTON . The free exhibition included displays of artefacts, docu- ments, memorabilia and infor- mation from the world wars, curated by local historian Mark Potts. He also gave a historical talk on the air raids in Crewe and Nantwich. LOWER PEOVER marked its special place in the history of the landings with a display in the village and a series of special events. US Generals Dwight Eisen- hower and George Patten met in the village to discuss plans for D-Day over lunch at The Bells of Peover and a blue plaque now sits on the building. In STOCKPORT , the Bishop of Stockport and the Stockport Normandy Veter- ans Association (NVA) Leg- acy group paid tribute to those heroes who sacrificed so much to defend freedom. The borough’s D-Day joint service of remembrance took place at theWar Memorial Art Gallery and included a video link up with NVA Legacy Group members in Normandy. 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