Hungerford’s 80th D-Day Commemoration Weekend

Hungerford Town Council welcomes visitors to join in their special D-Day 80 commemoration and celebration over the last weekend in June 2024.

For more information about the town centre events please contact Jerry Keats on cllr.jerry.keates@hungerford-tc.gov.uk

For more information about the Commemorative Convoy which will be leaving Basingstoke at 10am on Saturday 29 June in time to arrive in Hungerford, please visit their website commemorativeconvoys.org

Here is the current timeline of events (please note – events are weather and serviceability permitting):

Friday 28 June 2024

7:30pm 1940’s Swing Dance with IJO Big Band, Hungerford Town Hall/ Corn Exchange
Doors open 7pm. Please dress for the occasion!

Tickets £20 available via Ticket Source or from Crown Needlework Shop on Hungerford High Street opposite the Town Hall.

Bar in Magistrates room provided by The Borough Pub – Sylvi and her team. The use of the venue kindly gifted by Hungerford Town & Manor for the full weekend of events.

Saturday 29 June 2024

9am – 2pm Historical Talks, Hungerford Town Hall (upstairs)
Hungerford Hist Soc, Glider factory, Bletchley Park, Bedwyn Bunker Assoc, Pegasus Bridge and more.

9.30am Swindon Military vehicles static display near Hungerford Arcade.

10am – 4pm WW2 Exhibits, Displays & Café, Hungerford Town Hall (downstairs)
1940’s Wartime Café, ration card trail, wartime toys interactive display, childrens crafts, food rationing displays, Then and Now, displays / pics.

11.45am Armed Forces Day Civic Parade leaves HTFC for route to High Street via Priory Road.

12pm Parade halts in front of the Town Hall on access road.

12.15pm Commemorative Convoy arrives at town boundary ASDA roundabout en route to Triangle Field via the High Street.
12.16pm Eyes Left to the fallen at Bridge Street war memorial.
12.18pm Convoy to pass Dias on Hight Street and salute acknowledged by Sir General Mike Jackson.
12.23pm Convoy arrives at Triangle Field

1pm  Two Royal Air Force BBMF Spitfires fly-over, Hungerford town centre and Triangle Field.

2pm – 3pm Military Wives Choir, Town Hall steps.

5.30pm Parade for Commemorative Stone-laying on the common forms up at Town Hall.

5.45pm Parade sets off from Town Hall 

6pm Commemorative Stone-laying service, Hungerford Common

6.30pm Tiger Moth to overfly Stone-laying area – weather and serviceability permitting.

6.30 – 7.30pm Pipe Band, outside Downgate Pub.

For the rest of the evening, the town will be open as usual but with a flavour of the 1940’s!

Highlights include:

The Bear Hotel – Evening with 1940s singer Stephanie Bell
The Plume Pub – The Newbury Ukulele Band sing-along plus wartime medleys with Vanessa Evans.
The Borough Pub – Singer Shaun Blake.
Hungerford Rugby Club – Bar open and food being served.

Sunday 30 June 2024

10am – 4pm Military-themed Show Ground Event, Triangle Field
Static displays including: military vehicles, age-appropriate vintage cars, displays of equipment and armament, Swindon historic military vehicles, Wilcot classic car club. 1/6th tanks, assault course, local vendors stalls, Traditional NAFFI, Commemorative associations & Sponsors, Military re-enactors US 101st & British Army, Steam traction engines, Home Guard display and rifle drills, RBL motorcycles, Royal Air Force Battle of Britian Memorial Flight Lancaster flypast.

10am Hungerford Town Band

11am Stephanie Bell 1940’s Singer

1pm Royal Air Force Battle of Britian Memorial Flight Lancaster Fly-past.

2:30pm Presentation of Union Flag to Air Commodore.

3pm Stephanie Bell 1940’s Singer

4pm Event close

Monday 1 July

Volunteers requested to help Smarten Up Hungerford team clear up after the weekend’s events.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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