The Bayeux-Bessin tourist office has published its leaflet for the annual D-Day Commemoration Festival which will take place from Friday 5th to Sunday 7th June 2009. More events are listed on the page d-day-65th-anniversary-events-2009.
“The night they arrived” – Friday 5th June – Longues-sur-Mer and Port-en-Bessin.
Lighting-up of the coast (25 fireworks displays along 50 miles of coastline). A series of magnificent fireworks displays up and down the coast at 11pm : nearest to Bayeux-Bessin are the site of the German Battery in Longues-sur-Mer, which overlooks the D-Day Landing beaches, and at the harbour in Port-en-Bessin.
Organised by Normandie Mémoire/towns of Port-en-Bessin and Longues-sur-Mer.
“In the footsteps of the 47th British commando” – Saturday 6th June – Between Asnelles and Port-en-Bessin.
From 9am until 5pm, a 13 mile long walk in the footsteps of the British soldiers who liberated Port-en-Bessin, on the 7th June. Picnic at Longues-sur-Mer with a jazz concert, a talk describing the story of D-Day and a chance to meet with the veterans of the 47th British commando. Bring your own picnic and wear walking shoes.
Organised by Bayeux-Bessin tourist office.
“Liberation evening” – Saturday 6th June – Place De Gaulle in Bayeux.
From 6.30pm, a big evening dedicated to veterans in Bayeux, the first liberated town in France. Music and dancing, concert featuring the London Community Gospel Choir (food and refreshments available on site).
Organised by the Town of Bayeux.
“Liberation picnic” – Sunday 7th June – the harbour in Port-en-Bessin.
From 1pm, a big picnic with musical entertainment.
Organised by the Town of Port-en-Bessin.
“Bayeux, first liberated town in France” – Sunday 7th June – Bayeux.
At 3pm, in the centre of Bayeux, a major parade of 250 vehicles, which made the legend of the landing and the liberation of France.
Organised by theTown of Bayeux and Bayeux-Bessin tourist office.
OFFICE DE TOURISME BAYEUX-BESSIN
Bayeux – 02 31 51 28 28
Longues-sur-mer – 02 31 21 46 87
Port-en-bessin – 02 31 22 45 80