Commemorative Convoy honouring the 80th Anniversary of D-Day in 2024

West Berkshire commemorated the eightieth anniversary of D-Day in 2024 with a special event befitting this historic occasion. Saturday 29 June saw of convoy of more than 65 military UK and US vehicles leave from Basingstoke and travel via Greenham Common to the D-Day celebrations in Hungerford.

Convoy spokesperson John Leete, quoted by the Basingstoke Gazette, said: “We have done convoys before but this was the most overwhelming experience we have ever had in terms of the number of people who turned out.

“On the route from Basingstoke to Kingsclere there was a tremendous number of people lining the streets. In Kingsclere it was like the whole village had turned out. The church bells were ringing, it was lovely.

“When we went past Cheam School in Headley all the children came out to see us. Even the biggest truck drivers were tearful at the sight of 100 boarders lining the fence and cheering us on. We had never seen anything like it.”

Lee Sainsbury, one of Commemorative Convoys’ organisers, quoted by Newbury Today said: “We were blown away by the amount of people who came out to see us and support the convoy. The crowds through Newbury were four or five people deep. This is the fourth convoy we’ve organised and the crowds have never been like that before.”

For more information on the various events on Hungerford on the weekend of 28 to 30 June, please click here.

Thanks to Clive Williams and Matthew Sample for contributing to this photo gallery:

 

April 2024 update

Although planning is at an early stage, it has been confirmed that a convoy of military vehicles will arrive in Hungerford at approximately 12.15pm on Saturday 29 June. The convoy will be similar to that around which the seventy-fifth anniversary of D-Day was commemorated at Greenham Common in June 2019.

The 2024 event will be hosted over the weekend of Friday 28 and Sunday 30 June.

How to get involved

In addition to the convoy, there will be a full programme, to involve and embrace the entire community.

We welcome support from businesses, both practical and financial to help us deliver this historic event.

We also invite British and Allied civilian and uniformed living history personnel and local organisations like Cadets and Scouts to be part of the weekend including lining the streets when the convoy arrives and probably to be part of the commemorative parade on the Saturday evening.

To find out more please contact the volunteer team on 07748 310996 or info@commemorativeconvoys.org

Meanwhile you can follow us on facebook here: facebook.com/CommemorativeConvoys

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