Oswestry Town Council has announced a special event to commemorate D-Day later this year.

The council, along with the Royal British Legion's Oswestry Branch, is marking the 80th anniversary of the Normandy D-Day landings with a Picnic in the Park on Saturday, June 8.

This community gathering in Cae Glas Park will pay homage to the courageous endeavours that led to the retaking of Europe in World War II.

A service remembering and honouring those who gave their lives will kick off the event.

Tribute will also be paid to surviving veterans including Colin Cole, who will be turning 105 four days after the event.

Following the remembrance service, the park will play host to 1940s-themed leisure activities free of cost.


Offerings will range from arts and crafts to live performances by Porthywaen Silver Band and a Vera-Lynn style singer.

Vintage vehicles, theatre performances by the Attfield Theatre Group, and a vintage Merry-Go-Round will also be there, along with stalls and refreshments.

Neil Lawrenson, Chair of the Oswestry RBL Branch, said: "We will come together on the 80th anniversary in the spirit of remembrance, reflection and celebration to pay tribute to all those who fought for our freedom so courageously at Normandy.

"Our nation is forever in their debt."

Similarly, the Mayor of Oswestry Councillor Olly Rose said: "We are so pleased to be able to offer Cae Glas Park to both remember those service personnel who took part in the landmark D-Day landings, but also to celebrate their legacy by coming as a community to enjoy ourselves together.

"It looks to be a really great event with something to please everyone."

The D-Day 80 Picnic in the Park, scheduled from 12 noon to 4pm, invites everyone, regardless of age, to join in this moment of remembering history.