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Bracknell and Wokingham residents mark D Day anniversary with lots of events

Published: 15 Jun 2014 09:300 comments

CHARITIES, residents and businesses paid their respects to D-Day war veterans with a number of events.

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The 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings – when more than 150,000 soldiers landed on the French beaches before liberating Western Europe from Nazi rule – took place on Friday June 6.

There was a vintage vehicle display at Holme Grange craft village on Saturday, as well as people dressed in costume from the Second World War.

Other attractions included a barbecue, music, a band and other games, keeping about 500 guests well entertained.

Organiser Paul Burnel said: “It was a very pleasant day and everyone enjoyed themselves. We were lucky with the weather which was poor in the morning and looking grim but the afternoon went down really well.”

Members of the Royal British Legion collected money throughout the day while stall holders all donated to the charity.

Mr Burnel said: “The swing band went down really well and it was nice for the kids to see things like the machines.

“It was good to give a bit of a flavour and important to mark the occasion.

“A lot of people’s father’s and grandfathers were involved in D-Day and we want to thank everyone who came along on Saturday.”

Other venues to mark the occasion included Bracknell Shopmobility, in Princess Square, Bracknell, where staff proudly waved the Union Jack flag.

There was also a doll kitted out in army gear to keep customers’ attention, as well as cream teas on offer on Friday.

There was lots going on at Moss End Garden Centre, in Warfield, which helped raise money for Help The Heroes.

Guests were able to look at war memorabilia, try on uniforms, and take part in make and mend on Saturday.

Volunteers at Sandhurst Day Centre charity shop, in Yorktown Road, got into the spirit of things by donning period attire, while staff at NatWest Bank, in the same street, also dressed up and held a cake sale on Friday.

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