TIMINGS have been announced for a "once in a lifetime" commemoration of D-Day in Weymouth and Portland this summer.

Weymouth Town Council will take the lead in hosting the events for the 80th anniversary of D-Day on behalf of Dorset Council.

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The town council has allocated £12,800 towards the D-Day commemorations and is paying for all Weymouth events following a funding row with Dorset Council.

In the run-up to this historic anniversary, there will be a US Memorial Day service on Monday, May 27, at the US Memorial on the seafront at 11 am.

On Tuesday, June 4, a pre-D-Day concert and sunset service will be performed by Weymouth’s Salvation Army Band, at 7pm on the Esplanade near the US Memorial.

The Jubilee Clock will be lit red, white and blue in honour of the 80th anniversary of D-Day for a week, beginning on Monday, June 3

The town council is funding various activities in Weymouth on Thursday, June 6, to coincide with this poignant anniversary.

The date is etched in Weymouth’s history as the town was a departure point in June 1944 for thousands of Allied troops, mainly Americans.


A display of military vehicles will be in position at the Nothe Gardens all day on Thursday, June 6.

Weymouth chippy Bennetts will be serving fish and chips between 4pm and 8pm from its van at the Nothe Gardens.

An outdoor big screen at the gardens will broadcast national coverage and historical footage relevant to the era between 3pm and 9pm.

The Nothe Fort will be hosting entertainment, exhibitions and an immersive soundscape throughout the day, followed by an international tribute and a beacon lighting event.

Various time slots are available between 4pm and 9.30pm which can be booked on the Nothe Fort website.

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The beacon lighting will take place at 9.15pm, without Dorset Council dignitaries.

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Other planned events include walking tours, a D-Day walking trail and a specially adapted Punch and Judy show on Weymouth Beach, with times still yet to be announced.

A Battle of Britain memorial flight flypast is also planned for the Weymouth Cenotaph, but this is subject to national commitments and weather conditions.


On Portland, Thursday, June 6 will begin with a D-Day proclamation at Castletown Beach at 8am.

This will be followed by a service of Remembrance at 11am in Victoria Gardens and then a wreath laying service at the Cenotaph at New Ground.

Between 3pm and 9pm The New Ground will also have a large outdoor screen with D-Day films playing.

At 6.30pm, there will be a bell ringing ceremony for peace at St George's Church, St John's Church and All Saints Church.

At 9.15pm, The New Ground will host an international tribute and beacon lighting.

The Portland Museum will also be open between 10.30am and 4pm with a D-Day exhibition, the museum will be free to enter for Portland residents, with last entry at 3.30pm.

Coastline Cruises boat rides will run between Weymouth and Portland throughout the afternoon, departing from Portland Harbour from 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm.

The D-Day Centre in Castletown will also be open between 8am and 3.30pm, more details will be available on their Faecbook page.

St John's Church will also have a viewing of the American D-Day flag all week from Monday, June 3 until Saturday, June 8.