D-Day meeting called in Lyme Regis
PUBLISHED: 11:42 30 July 2013 | UPDATED: 11:44 30 July 2013
Public invited to help plan next year’s 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings
A PUBLIC meeting will be held in Lyme Regis next week to plan how the town will commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day.
Next year the resort will mark seven decades since the Normandy landings on June 6, 1944.
Events in the town will remember local men who lost their lives during the invasion, and mark the presence of US troops who were based in Lyme Regis before it.
An initial meeting will take place on Wednesday August 7 at 6pm in the Woodmead Halls for the community to share ideas.
The meeting will be facilitated by Lyme Regis Town Council and it is hoped a community group will emerge to take the plans forward.
Deputy town clerk Mark Tredwin said: “The meeting will be held to share ideas and formulate some thoughts as to how the planning for D-Day and the 70th anniversary of D-Day itself could be commemorated in Lyme Regis.
“We also want to remember the local people who lost their lives in D-Day.
“We want to know what kind of events the community would like to see next year.
“The 70th anniversary is on a Friday but there is an opportunity to hold a weekend of various activities.”
The town council has already made contact with veterans of the US-based 16th Infantry Regiment, which was based in Lyme Regis in the run-up to D-Day.
Lyme Regis Museum will be heavily involved in researching and planning for next year’s commemorations.
The museum is tracing all the Lyme Regis men who died in the battle for Normandy and intends to produce maps and a display covering all Lyme’s casualties.
Director David Tucker said: “The Lyme Regis Museum is very pleased to be a part of the initiative to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Landings in Normandy on 6 June 1944.
“The museum is keen to mark the sacrifice and courage of the local lads, either in the Dorsets or the Devons that died during the period between the landings and ‘the breakout’ in August that year.
“We already know of Private Cecil Gollop and Private Edward Broom who died fighting with the Dorset Regiment in June that year.
“The museum will do its best to track down and honour any other Lyme men who played their part in Northern France.”
Some initial ideas for next year’s commemoration events include involving local schools and children, tracing residents who remember the events of 1944, and arranging talks between the two generations.
The council is also in talks with Bovington Tank Museum to get involved in events.
Mr Tredwin added: “We hope to see as many local people as possible at the meeting next week to ensure Lyme Regis commemorates this important event in the way it deserves.”
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