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Ilkley marked the 80th anniversary of D-Day


Thursday evening Ilkley's residents paid tribute to those who served during the 1944 beach invasion on the 80th anniversary of D-Day.


The event was organised by The Royal British Legion and supported by Ilkley Town Council and was held in the Memorial Gardens with hundreds of residents and dignitaries in attendance.


Ilkley Town Crier, Isabel Ashman opened proceedings with the D-Day 80 Proclamation. Music from the Two Rivers Band and RAF Aire Cadets 1224 (Wharfedale) Squadron followed, with a laying of wreaths, reading on the international tribute and finally the lighting of the D-Day 80 Beacon.


Ilkley Town Councillor Steve Butler acted as master of ceremonies and the prayer was given by David Callander, Minister at Ilkley Baptist Church.


At the end Cllr Butler thanked everyone for attending and gave a special mention to Dougie Lawson from The Royal British Legion for his work in organising the event.

D-Day 80 Beacon (Photo; Ilkley Chat)

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