The occasion will be marked by 1940`s musical entertainment by `Sandy Sparkle`- the well know `Torbay Sweetheart`. The event is a major milestone in Brixham`s free public commemoration and celebration events to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day. The sales of `Spitfire` raffle tickets help to generate funds to support the free public D-Day events.
Between the 1st and 6th June over 60 free 1940s activities, will be hitting the streets of Brixham .The events are expected to attract a wide audience of visitors and residents of all generations, as Brixham business owners come together to transform the town.
One of the main highlights will be a free tour of the historic vessel Motor Torpedo Boat 102. The 68-foot boat will be moored in Brixham Marina from 3rd-9th June and is the fastest and smallest vessel ever to serve as a flagship for the Royal Navy. It is one of the few surviving WW2 Motor Torpedo Boats and carried Churchill and Eisenhower when planning the invasion of Normandy.
Other 1940s themed events during the week include display of iconic 1940`s vehicles, a ‘Churchill is Missing!’ fun treasure hunt with prizes, a public talk by Keith Metcalfe about WW2 Medals – where you can even bring along your own family medals.
For the music and dance lovers, there will be a vibrant gathering of live music in the Old Fish Market or Shoalstone Pool, with guest performers Sharon Hubbocks, Torbay Ukulele Band, Orpheus Male Choir, Brixham Town Band. There will also be 40s vintage vocals from Sandy Sparkle and The Liberty Sisters plus dance displays from Lindy Hoppers.
One of the star performers will be the Lympstone Military Wives Choir who will be appearing at the Baptist Church at 2pm on Saturday 8th June for a concert with free entry.
For the creative minds, come along to the free Victory Art Exhibition, the free 1940s craft market or the free 1940s fashion show and entertainment at Shoalstone pool (weather permitting). The Old Coaching Inn on Fore Street will be showing a free ‘40s Film a Day’ plus on, 2nd June, the free premiere of ‘Brixham on D-Day’, a new film by the South Devon Players.
For the agile there are 10 free guided walks and talks about life in the 40s over the week.
Brixham played a key role in WW2 as the American 4th Infantry Division departed from Breakwater Beach to land in Normandy on June 6th 1944. On the evening of 5th June, there will be Vigil Service in St Mary’s Church in commemoration of those who served and sacrificed from all nations. On the 6th June, The British Legion will lead a parade from the ‘Man and Boy’ statue for a short inter-denominational service of commemoration on Breakwater Beach.
The 6th June ends with a 1940`s concert by 17 piece AJ’s Big Band – in Brixham Theatre.
John Brennan, Chair of Brixham Future said “We hope that, with over 60 activities planned, each day will offer something for everyone to enjoy. Come and join us to commemorate and celebrate. There has been a great community effort – shops, cafes and Brixham businesses have all come together to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day and provide educational, entertaining activities for all generations. Further details and updates are on our website- www.d-day-brixham.uk .”
Brixham Future is a not for profit social enterprise that seeks to deliver micro regeneration projects and events that benefit Brixham and Torbay. These events have been supported by voluntary efforts, MDL Marina, Gordon Oliver`s Mayors Fund and Brixham Town Council. Any further questions on this media release please contact: John Brennan –Tel: 01803 852270 or email : firstname.lastname@example.org Sally Lord –Tel: 01803850897 or email : email@example.com
SUMO’S FRIDAY NIGHT QUIZ
To be held on:
Friday 10th May
Friday 17th May
Friday 31st May
Starting at 9pm
All are welcome
No mobile phones or other electronic devices to be used during the quiz or you will be disqualified.