Thorpe St Andrew

D-Day heroes saluted

Just Regional
Jul 8, 2024 2 mins read

The clock was turned back 80 years as the Thorpe community turned out to honour the D-Day landings heroes.

Thorpe St Andrew Town Council’s event at Sir George Morse Park on Laundry Lane featured a host of re-enactment displays, exhibits, vehicles and militaria from groups including Lives of the Past,The History Boys, the New Farm Aviation Heritage Group and Memoirs of a Desert Rat. There was an enthusiastic response to an appeal for visitors to don 1940s attire.

TURNING BACK THE CLOCK: The D-Day commemorative events at Sir George Morse Park. Photos: STUART BEARD.

Entertainment was be provided by Taverham Band, local singer Charlotte Wright, and Irish a capella group “Isle ‘Ave a Shanty”, as well as Dave Doughnut‘s Punch and Judy and Braids By Alice for the children.

Community groups attending included the Broadland District Council Help Hub Outreach van, Norfolk Constabulary, Thorpe Dementia Team, Models for Heroes, and the Royal British Legion..

The town council took part in the official nationwide beacon lighting on June 6 when veteran Warrant Officer Ray Parke, who served in the Royal Air Force during World War II, lit the beacon.

The CEO and Town Mayor/Armed Forces Champion both addressed the gathering, and councillor Mel Friend spoke very movingly about her father, Stan Friend, who served with the Royal Engineers, and was on the beaches in 1944.


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