Huntingdon celebrates D-Day 75

Huntingdon Town Hall flying the Union flag in remembrance of D-Day

On Thursday 6th June 2019, Huntingdonshire District Council and Huntingdon Town Council held a joint flag raising service and wreath laying ceremony to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings, the largest seaborne assault ever staged in history.

The Mayor of Huntingdon, Cllr Steve McAdam, councillors, representatives from other towns, RAF Wyton,  and community associations gathered at the Town Hall with Standard Bearers from the Royal British Legion, Royal Naval Association, and Royal Air Force Association. The group paraded to the District Council offices where the Chairman of Huntingdonshire District Council, representatives from the Lieutenancy office, RAF Wyton serving personnel and guests from around the region were waiting.

Civic party take their places outside of Castle Hill House

The Chairman opened the service with a welcome and following prayers, RAF Wyton’s Station Commander, Wg Cdr Rachel Dixon gave a speech on the important events of the 6th June 1944. The flag raising event followed and closed the first part of the service.

The Chairman of HDC welcomes everyone to the flag raising service

Everyone formed up and a procession went from the District Council offices to the War Memorial in the Market Square. The Mayor of Huntingdon gave a closing speech before the lone piper played a lament and the wreaths were laid at the foot of the War Memorial.

Representatives of the local Armed Forces Associations joined the Mayor and RAF Wyton’s Station Commander for a photograph at the Town Hall

After the service, everyone was invited back into the Town Hall for refreshments.