D-Day 80 Portsmouth in Pictures

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DDay80 Portsmouth residents without tickets Southsea Common. Photo by A.Howse
DDay80 Portsmouth residents without tickets Southsea Common. Photo by A.Howse
D-Day 80 poster, Havant, Hampshire, England
D-Day 80 poster, Havant, Hampshire, England

Wednesday June 5th 2024 marked the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings in 1944 and hundreds of local people turned out to commemorate.

Patriotic locals and day trippers from around the country wanted to be there to support a special ticketed event that took place in Portsmouth in Hampshire, England to celebrate the lives of brave military men and women who took part in the D-Day activities accross the Solent 80 years ago, that changed the course of history.

Read the full D-Day80 article here: Stunning Red Arrows Fly-Past Thrills Crowds at D-Day 80 Commemorations in Portsmouth

The VIP’s watched the ceremony on a large screen that could also be heard and partly seen by the enthusiastic crowd that had gathered along the Esplanade on Southsea Common to share in the formal commemoration of the occasion.

At the end of the official service everyone in Portsmouth harbour was treated to a magnificent fly past display by the Red Arrows.

Red Arrows Fly-Past D-Day80 Portsmouth, Hampshire, England

DDay-80 coloured smoke in sky after Red Arrows display and Frigate Gun salute, Portsmouth, Hampshire. Photo by A.Howse
DDay-80 coloured smoke in sky after Red Arrows display and Frigate Gun salute, Portsmouth, Hampshire. Photo by A.Howse

The BAE Systems’ Hawk T1 aircraft were accompanied by a Typhoon FGR4 jet and together they painted the blue sky with stunning red, white and blue smoke trail stripes.

DDay-80 Two Chinook helicopters fly over Portsmouth Harbour, Hampshire. Photo by A.Howse
DDay-80 Two Chinook helicopters fly over Portsmouth Harbour, Hampshire. Photo by A.Howse

Two enormous Chinook helicopters also impressed onlookers with their presence adding to the event which marks the critical D-Day operation.

DDay 80 Policemen and Policewomen on bicycles, Southsea Common, Hampshire. Photo by A.Howse
DDay 80 Policemen and Policewomen on bicycles, Southsea Common, Hampshire. Photo by A.Howse

Security was tight to protect the Royal family, the Prime Minister and the veterans and the VIP’s in attendance.

Female soldiers in the army attend DDay80 Portsmouth, Hampshire. Photo by A.Howse
Female soldiers in the army attend DDay80 Portsmouth, Hampshire. Photo by A.Howse

Female soldiers in the army attended D-Day80 in Portsmouth, Hampshire.

The D-Day80 commemoration in Portsmouth on the 5th June and the service that took place in Normandy in France on the 6th June were essential to remember all those citizens who served in World War II and all those who were hurt or tragically died defending their country.

WWII Remembrance collage, St Faith's church DDay80 display, Meridian Centre, Havant, Hampshire
WWII Remembrance collage, St Faith’s church DDay80 display, Meridian Centre, Havant, Hampshire