D-Day Anniversary: Hour-by-hour guide to the D-Day 75 events taking place on Southsea Common this weekend

There are plenty of D-Day events going on this week. Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (010619-1)
There are plenty of D-Day events going on this week. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (010619-1)
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IT is the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings this week. 

To mark the occasion, Portsmouth is set to be at the centre of the commemorative events in the UK over the coming days. 

D-Day 75 Red Arrows Southsea. Picture: Amanda Morby

D-Day 75 Red Arrows Southsea. Picture: Amanda Morby

Southsea Common is set to hold an anniversary ceremony on Wednesday as well as a number of other D-Day 75 events throughout the rest of the week. 

Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Leader Portsmouth City Council said: ‘The scale of D-Day 75 is unprecedented with Portsmouth at the heart of commemorations on 5 June.  The city will provide the back drop for the armed forces to mark this historic occasion and, most importantly, to pay tribute to veterans and their comrades. 

‘Our D-Day Stone memorial service on Thursday 6 June will be especially poignant this year as we mark the 75 anniversary with veterans from across the country and we hope people will join us at the D-Day Stone, Southsea Esplanade on 6 June as we remember the sacrifices made by so many who departed from Portsmouth on D-Day in 1944.’

Here is the full timetable of all the events going on over the coming days: 

READ MORE: Hour-by-hour guide of the D-Day events

This will be proceeded by the Veterans' parade marching from Canoe Lake Car Park at 10.30am with The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines and a platoon of Royal Marines Cadets to the D-Day Stone. 

Friday, June 7 

- 9am – Public event opens Southsea Common

- 10.30am – Portsmouth Music Hub performing a special composition, main stage, Southsea Common

- 5.15pm to 6pm – Military Concert band perform, main stage, Southsea Common

- 6.25pm to 6.55pm – Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and a specially formed young person’s choir performing a composition by James Olsen, inspired by reminiscences of D-Day veterans and the D-Day Story - main stage, Southsea Common

- 7pm –  Bedknobs and Broomsticks, main stage, big screen, Southsea Common

- 10pm – Public event closes

READ MORE: The world leaders, royals and dignitaries who attended D-Day anniversary ceremony in Portsmouth

Saturday, June 8 

- 9am – Public event opens Southsea Common

- 10.30am to 11am – Royal Marines marching band, Arena

- 11am to 11.30am – Vintage and Military vehicle display, arena

- 12pm to 6pm – Community performances, main stage

- 12.30pm to 1.30pm – RAF working dogs

- 3.45pm – Red arrows flypast

- 7.30pm to 10pm – Heroes concert

- 7.30pm to 8pm – Military Wives Choir

- 8.25pm to 9pm – Royal marines association concert band

- 9.25pm to 10pm – D-Day Darlings

- 10pm to 10.15pm – Fireworks display, Southsea Common, supported by Gunwharf Quays

- 11pm – Public event closes

Sunday, June 9 

- 9am – Public event opens Southsea Common

- 11.30am 12pm – Vintage and Military vehicle display, arena

- 12pm to 5pm – Community performances, main stage

- 3pm to 4pm – Vintage and Military vehicle display, arena

- 6pm –  Public event closes. 

Will you be attending any of the D-Day 75 events this week? Let us know in the comments below.