Church’s tribute to D-Day set to attract hundreds

Christ Church Portsdown, London Road, Widley. MAYOAK0003579842
Christ Church Portsdown, London Road, Widley. MAYOAK0003579842
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A 1940s tea party will be held in Widley to mark the D-Day commemorations.

Christ Church Portsdown, in London Road, will be opening its doors to the public and oral history recordings from local people will be played to share their experiences of the Second World War.

The church has a unique link to D-Day as it hosted a vigil on June 4, 1944 at which the headquarters staff of the British Second Army dedicated the liberation of Europe to Almighty God, .

The church also has a military cemetery.

The tea party takes place on Saturday, June 7.

The night before, on June 6, a prayer vigil will be held at the church and a D-Day service of thanksgiving will take place on June 8.

The Bishop of Portsmouth will be guest preacher on June 8.

The church was awarded a grant of £450 from Hampshire County Council to help pay for the project.