Plans are in hand for Tenby to mark the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings with a special beacon lighting ceremony on Castle Hill.

Instead of lighting beacons to mark his Coronation last year, His Majesty, The King requested that they be lit on Thursday, June 6, 2024 to mark the anniversary of Operation Overlord.

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
Back in June of 2022 a beacon was lit on Tenby's Castle Hill to join the nationwide chain of beacons marking the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee (Pic: Gareth Davies Photography)

The largest naval, air and land operation in history, the World War Two landings at Normandy in 1944 saw the opening of Europe’s Second Front which would eventually lead to the downfall of Hitler’s Nazi regime 11 months later.

Mayor of Tenby, Cllr. Dai Morgan, fellow councillors, representatives of Tenby Royal British Legion and local cadet units, will leave Castle Square at The Harbour at approximately 8.50pm on June 6 to process up to Castle Hill.

There, following the reading of the International D-Day Tribute, Cllr. Morgan will light Tenby’s beacon to form part of a UK wide chain of Beacons and Lamp Lights of Peace at 9.15pm.

Tenby beacon
(Pic. Gareth Evans)

All are welcome to join in at this commemoration.

Earlier in the day, at 11am, the Mayor will also lay a wreath at the town’s War Memorial in remembrance of all those who gave their lives during the Landings.