Weekend of Events at Battle of Britain Bunker Commemorate 80th D-Day Anniversary

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Battle of Britain Bunker to host a series of engaging events for all ages from June 6th to 9th to mark 80th anniversary of D-Day / Hillingdon Council

Hillingdon Council’s Battle of Britain Bunker Exhibition and Visitor Centre in Uxbridge is set to host a series of engaging events from June 6th to June 9th to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day. This historic moment, which marked the largest amphibious invasion in history, is being celebrated through a blend of educational and entertaining activities designed for all ages.

In addition to the permanent D-Day exhibition in the visitor centre there will also be a pop-up ‘D-Day 80’ exhibition to mark the anniversary, including a fascinating diorama of the infamous beach landing. A variety of musical performances, with choirs, bands and singers will also be okaying throughout the weekend.

For youngsters, a climbing wall will be erected in the picnic area, so they can test their bouldering skills and a D-Day themed crafting session will help them get creative while learning.

For the grown-ups, D-Day-themed tours of the bunker’s famous Operations Room will be on offer each day, and visitors can test their knowledge in a themed pub quiz, hosted by aviation expert Joe Coles.

The Battle of Britain Bunker is more than just a museum; it is a piece of living history. It served as the top-secret headquarters where key decisions were made, and its significance is highlighted through these commemorative events. This weekend offers a unique opportunity for residents and visitors to connect with history in a profound way.

Operation Overlord (D-Day) was the largest amphibious invasion in history, which landed thousands of Allied troops on the Normandy coast to help liberate Europe from Nazi occupation. It began on 6 June 1944.

Cllr Eddie Lavery, Hillingdon Council’s Cabinet Member for Residents’ Services said: “We’re delighted to be offering a brilliant range of events to mark this most notable date in history at our unique venue that has its own important ties to this notorious date in military history.

“Young and old will find something of interest and the fascinating ‘D-Day 80’ exhibition highlights the importance and incredible feat of logistics, of this important day and the borough’s connection to it.”