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D-Day 80 Years Event on June 8th – Mark Your Diaries!

Join us at The Sixpenny Tap on Saturday, June 8th, 2024, for a special celebration marking the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings!

Highlights of the Day

Entertainment:

Flyover of our courtyard and of plenty of surprises!

Dress Up

Step back in time to the 1940s. Wear your best 1940s attire, military or civilian, for a chance to win a prizes

Food

Traditional 1940s food available all afternoon from a reconstructed Field kitchen .

Displays

Deactivated World War II weapons and stunning period costumes.

Music

Enjoy period music in the courtyard throughout the day.

Schedule:

2:00 PM: Festivities kick-off

4:00 PM: Presentation on Operation Deadstick by Ian Mereweather (40 mins)

5:30 PM: D-Day Quiz (60 mins)

Special Brew:

Introducing “Deadstick Ale,” a one-off special beer to celebrate D-Day, available at the Sixpenny Brewery.

Join us for a memorable day honouring the heroes of the past.

Fascinating Facts:

Just before midnight on June 5, 1944, a small force of glider-borne British soldiers took off from RAF Tarrant Rushton in Dorset. Their mission, codenamed Operation Deadstick, made them the first Allied soldiers to land on German-occupied French soil on D-Day.

The daring plan aimed to capture two bridges northwest of Caen to prevent German counterattacks from threatening the landing beaches on the Normandy Coast. The mission was a success, with the glider force achieving total surprise. The men of the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry and Royal Engineers seized both bridges intact.

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