Plans have been unveiled for 80th anniversary D-Day commemorations in the Ribble Valley this summer.

A special event to commemorate the historic moment in World War Two will take place on Sunday, June 2, at the Old School Rooms in Lowergate, Clitheroe. 

The event will feature a modern re-telling of this turning point in history, with narration by BBC broadcaster John Gillmore. People who took part in the landings will also be sharing their stories. 

The day will be supported by original film of the event on the big screen, and a video created especially for the event, which will be accompanied by music performed by the Uniformed Band of the Cheshire Constabulary with sequences by the Corps of Drums. 

The naval, air and land operations by the allied forces which invaded Northern France, led to the eventual defeat of Nazi Germany.

Organisers of the event said: “D-Day 1944 was not just another historic date.

"Many thousands of civilians and members of the armed forces sacrificed so much to secure the peace, freedom and democracy that all generations have today, and which can sometimes be taken for granted. 

“It is only fitting we pay tribute to all those people and recognise what they achieved for us.” 

Organisers of the Ribble Valley Music Festival has been preparing and planning the commemoration. 

They have been sourcing and working with artists and with the venue, and collating stories of bravery, statistics, and musical content relating to each sequence.

Tickets for the commemoration are £10 per person and can be booked by calling 01254 384893 or emailing

There will also be a paying bar and raffle. All surplus proceeds will be donated to St Michael and St John’s Church.