A BEACON lit by a parish outside Oswestry for the D-Day commemorations on June 6 may be seen as far as Liverpool, organisers hope.

Members of the community in Selattyn have come together for a whole day of aciticvties planned to mark the 80th anniversary of the turning of the Second World War.

D-Day saw thousands of British and Commonwealth soldiers storm the beaches of Normandy to begin the pushback of German forces in 1944.


Ian Lander, leading the organisation of the event, said school pupils from Selattyn Primary School will be included in earlier activities ahead of the lighting of the beacon from 9pm.

He said: “The community and primary school are engaged in the event.

“Selattyn and Gobowen Parish Council has granted £200 which will cover insurance and other necessary expenses.

“One Selattyn resident went to the D-Day landings, survived and settled in Antwerp – he had been Pupil in Selattyn C of E School and we have pictures of him.

 The day will start with the reading of the proclamation at the Selattyn C of E Primary School by a special guest followed by assembly.

“This will include two local residents talking about their experiences as Second World War primary school children, one from Oswestry and the other from a city environment.

“A question and answer session will follow in school class groups.

“The Schools Poem for Schools D-Day Heroes will be read at 11am.

“Later on there will be a fish and chip supper (one of the foods not rationed during the war), in the Docks, our local pub followed by a beacon lighting and commemoration ceremony on a field very close to the pub.

“We gather on the field at 9pm and light the beacon at 9.15pm and read the international commemoration which will be performed round the country and world.

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“We have first aid supplied by St John Ambulance, marshalling from Moreton Hall School combined cadet force, risk assessments and method statements are well advanced.

“Tickets are available at £10 per person for fish and chips but access to the beacon and commemoration is free.

“We need to monitor numbers so the ‘field tickets’ are necessary to keep tabs on numbers."

To book tickets you can ring the Docks on 01691 653 347 or contact Ian Lander on 01691 652 364 or 07984 922 655.