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Summary

  1. Liberation Day in the Channel Islands
  2. Police urge missing Guernsey man to get in touch
  3. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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Thanks for joining us for our Liberation Day special. We'll be back with all the latest news, weather, travel and sport from 08:00 tomorrow.

Don't forget BBC Channel Islands News on BBC One at 18:30 and 22:30.

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War-era military and civilian vehicles parade for liberation

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

There was an impressive showing of Second World War military vehicles and classic cars making their way through St Peter Port this afternoon.

As I later found out, they’re not all just for display. John Bamford's 1934 Austin 7 is out on the Guernsey roads regularly.

Some of these vehicles also saw action during the conflict, and for many of their owners, today is the highlight of the year.

Military and civilian vehicles, some pre-WW2, parade on the 72nd anniversary of liberation

The story behind a famous liberation photo

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Peter Bott
BBC

Peter Bott, then aged four, along with his older brother, Roger, found themselves among the first islanders to be greeted by their British liberators, 72 years ago today.

When Task Force 135 came ashore at St Peter Port Harbour a barefoot Peter, now 76, got his first taste ofchocolate and oranges as troops and journalists handed him food.

He says he was "fortunate" to get so close because his father, a fisherman who'd reluctantly worked for the German authorities, had a pass to access an area of the harbour cut off to the rest of the occupied population.

Evening weather: Dry and clear

BBC Weather

This evening and tonight it will be staying dry with clear spells. It will be a breezy and mild night for most. Minimum temperature: 9C (48F)

Jersey

Jersey weather
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Guernsey

Guernsey weather
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Stories from Liberation: The man who protected Russian slave workers

Rob England

BBC News Online

Bob Le Sueur, 96 - whose efforts to protect Russian slave workers in Jersey during the Occupation were recognised with an MBE in 2013 - says Liberation Day and the memorial service are important for islanders in remembering the past.

Mr Le Sueur said he is pleased with the way the memorial ceremony - which honours the 101 slave and forced workers sent to Jersey - has grown, saying the slave and forced workers "went through hell" and that it was "very moving" that a representative of the queen lays a wreath on her behalf.

Bob Le Sueur laying a wreath at the memorial service
BBC
Bob Le Sueur laying a wreath at the memorial service

I think it is an impressive ceremony and the next generation is remembering a rather grim period in our history, which was not all horrid, it was mainly very dreary and boring, with moments of drama.

Bob Le Sueur

Did you know? The Royal Seal and Mace at Liberation day

Rob England

BBC News Online

The Liberation Day procession - comprising the Bailiff, the Royal Court and the States Assembly - to Liberation Square was led by the Royal Seal, held by the Viscount, and the Royal Mace, held by the Deputy Viscount.

The Royal Mace was presented to the Bailiff of Jersey by King Charles II, as a sign of appreciation for the island's support for the Royalists in the English Civil War.

The Royal Seal dates back to the 13th Century, and was presented to the island by Edward I.

A day 'deep in our hearts'

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

It's no surprise to see plenty of British military attire on display as Guernsey celebrates its Liberation from German occupation.

But dotted among the crowds were Milana, from Siberia, and Natalja, from Latvia, sporting Soviet Union military hats.

They wanted to show solidarity between the World War Two allies.

Women
BBC

It's a celebration day, and Russia gave a big help to achieve this victory actually. It's really deep in our hearts so we are happy to celebrate this day with British people too."

Milana Thiebaud

Descendants of Jersey holocaust victim attend memorial service

Rob England

BBC News Online

This year the decedents of Louisa Gould, who sheltered a Russian slave worker, have attended the annual memorial service to commemorate the 16,000 workers sent to Jersey during the occupation.

Louisa Gould, whose story has been told most recently in the film Another Mother's Son, hid a Russian worker Fyodr Polycarpovitch Burriy, - she called him Bill.

She was eventually denounced by her neighbours and reported to the German authorities, and died in the Ravensbruck concentration camp.

Her great-grandchildren Lucy Lawrie and Oliver George said the memorial service brought up a lot of emotions, but were "amazed" by the celebrations for Liberation day.

Lucy Lawrie and Oliver George
BBC

Because they made the film last year, it's brought everything to the surface. We also lost our mum last year, so it's opened a few wounds. It feels like the culmination of something, where we've been living her past and are now getting closer to the root of the family and where she came from."

Oliver George

Liberation Square was amazing, we were astounded at how everyone came together, it's huge."

Lucy Lawrie

Military vehicles parade through St Helier

Rob England

BBC News Online

Military vehicles on Castle Street, St Helier

JEP requirement could be removed for Jersey Gazette

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

At the moment the government in Jersey had to publish any official notices such as new laws or enactments in the Jersey Gazette section of the Jersey Evening Post.

Jersey Gazette
BBC

That could change soon though. The council of ministers has proposed removing that requirement so they can publish on the government website and only publish in the JEP when it warrants it.

At the moment all other notices must be printed in the islands only daily print newspaper.

A spokesman said if the requirement is removed as well as publishing online they will also send to print and broadcast media as well as making copies available in public places for people without an internet connection.

Famous photo tells the story of 'starving islanders'

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

One of the first islanders to greet their British liberators has said despite the jubilation of the day, by the end of the war islanders were hungry, and begging for food.

Peter Bott was four when the island was liberated, a day when he and his elder brother tasted chocolate for the first time. It's an image that was captured by a journalist and now celebrated on stamps and on mugs given to school children.

Peter Bott and brother
Peter Bott

Following D-Day in 1944, German supply routes to the island became cut-off and the local population and the 28,000-strong German garrison were close to starvation.

"I know we were hungry, we were begging for food, and every cat and dog in the island disappeared because they were eaten by the Germans, because they were starving as well."

Jersey include Boyle, Trotter and Gallichan in Muratti squad

Tim Pryor

BBC Sport

Away from the Liberation Day celebrations and commemorations, Jersey's football manager Martin Cassidy has named his squad for Saturday's Muratti Vase final against rivals Guernsey.

Martin Cassidy
BBC Sport

Star midfielder Jack Boyle is included on the list of 18 players, despite coming off in the first half of a friendly at the weekend.

Adam Trotter and Ben Gallichan have also both made the squad, but UK-based Max Thompson misses out.

Jersey have won the Vase for the past two seasons, but Guernsey have home advantage this year at Footes Lane.

Jersey squad: Euan van der Vliet, Danny Birrell, James Scott, James Queree, Stuart Andre, Rob McBey, Jack Cannon, Calvin Weir, Chris Andrews, Michael Weir, Jack Boyle, Cav Miley, Kieran Lester, Craig Russell, Karl Hinds, Adam Trotter, Joe Kilshaw, Ben Gallichan. 

Flags waving for the D-Day Darlings

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

They said they'd get people waving their Union flags and they certainly delivered.

In fact, I think a few arms might be numb among the hundreds of people who watched the D-Day Darlings perform in St Peter Port this afternoon.

Flags were waving for the D-Day Darlings in St Peter Port for Liberation Day

The soundtrack to our Liberation celebrations

Jersey Evening Post

Islanders can this week enjoy jazz, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and a musical walk in St Brelade as part of the programme for the Liberation International Musical Festival.  

Car built before the occupation used 'nearly every day'

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

John Bamford's 1934 Austin 7
BBC

Among the World War Two vehicles on display today is John Bamford's 1934 Austin 7. It was one of 200 ordered by the British Army, with some deployed in France.

The exact wartime history of the vehicle is unknown, but John says it's good over bad ground and very agile, so much so he drives it nearly every day.

"It's just fun, it's the enjoyment of driving a well designed machine. I guess I'm just showing off aren't I!"

John Bamford with his 1934 Austin 7
BBC
John Bamford's 1934 Austin 7
BBC

City of London relationship with Guernsey 'very important'

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's relationship with the City of London is "very, very important", according to its Lord Mayor. 

Guernsey
BBC

Andrew Parmley has been in the island speaking to finance industry representatives and politicians about the benefits of the relationship between the two financial centres.

He says the relationship has lasted hundreds of years and the focus on niche financial skills in Guernsey is something the City of London hopes to tap into.

Mr Parmley says there are very important skills in areas such as insurance and investment funds that would benefit the city through closer ties.

Stories from Liberation: The teenager who lied about his age

Rob England

BBC News Online

Clive Kemp, a 97-year-old D-Day veteran from St Helier, Jersey, left the island at 19 to join the British Expeditionary Force in 1940. 

He had to lie about his age, as the force was only accepting men aged 20 at the time.

Within 72 days he was deployed in France, and fought across Europe.

He said he finds the music and speeches "emotional" on Liberation Day.

Clive Kemp
BBC

It's a big day for the island and it's important. It was good to come back to Jersey after the war, but when we did there was nothing here for us."

Clive Kemp

Did you know....

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

At the last census in 2011 there were 6,400 still living who had been continuously resident since the occupation. That's according to the States of Jersey Stats Unit. 

Of those 1,100 people were alive that were born here during the Nazi occupation of the island.

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Liberation celebrations continue in Jersey

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The main service is over but the Liberation Day celebrations will continue for the rest of the day with a 1940s themed party on the Weighbridge.

Collection
BBC

Hundreds of people gathered on Weighbridge Place in St Helier to listen to live music, eat food and dance to music from the 40s.

There were dance demonstrations from the Jersey Hoppers, music from the Jersey Big Band and 40s songs by a trio from the Optimistic Voices choir.

Party
BBC
Party
BBC

Some great Liberation Day fashion choices

Rob England

BBC News Online

Amongst all the amazing period costumes today, Sophie Parker from St Clement decided to wear her special Liberation Day dress. 

I'm not sure if there is a best dressed award for the day, but if there is I think this could be a very strong contender.

Sophie Parker
BBC

Swarm of bees descends on garage forecourt

Jersey Evening Post

Staff at Bel Royal Motors got a surprise on Tuesday afternoon when a swarm of bees took a fancy to a Mazda 6.  

The sweet taste of liberation

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Four-year-old Peter Bott and his brother Roger were among the first islanders to greet British liberating forces in St Peter Port on 9 May 1945.

As people in Guernsey tasted freedom after five years' of German occupation, a barefoot Peter was captured by a visiting journalist…

Hundreds line seafront for end of cavalcade

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Hundreds of people lined the St Peter Port seafront to see the cavalcade of military and period vehicles pass through.

Those aboard were dressed in wartime attire, many tossing sweets as children scrambled to gather them.

Of course they were no match for me, I haven't had lunch yet.

Children gather sweets thrown from cavalcade vehicles
BBC

Missing Man update: Police confirm 'a number' of sightings

Guernsey Police say they have confirmed a number of sightings of Peter Rouillard, 38, who is currently missing.

Officers said Mr Rouillard bought a red pop-up Eurohike tent from a camping shop in St Peter Port, at 11:19 yesterday and then collected his car from Target, Pitronnerie Road, at 11:32 before driving to a property in Rue du Manoir, Forest, where he left his vehicle and phone.

Their last confirmed sighting of Mr Rouillard was at 14:15 when he was seen in the lanes near Rue du Manoir carrying a red holdall/rucksack.

Officers say they remain very concerned for his welfare and would ask members of the public to report any sightings of a red tent erected in the south of the island. Anyone with information is asked to contact us on 725111.  

Peter Rouillard
Guernsey Police

Cavalcade reaches St Peter Port

Jersey Liberation Day cadet force re-enactment 'a huge pleasure'

Rob England

BBC News Online

Every year the Jersey cadet force take part in a re-enactment of the moment islanders saw their first "Tommies" in five years, and 2017 has been no different.

Their commanding officer Lt Chris Rayner said the cadets, aged between 12-18 can be a bit nervous before their grand entrance, but that the re-enactment is a "huge pleasure".

Liberation Day
BBC

As soon as they start meeting people, shaking hands and handing out sweets and oranges they get swept up by that special welcome we get every year from the crowds. It is always a huge pleasure for our cadets to be part of the moment most people look forward to on Liberation Day and it's amazing to see so many people waving at you from the balcony of the Pomme D’Or Hotel."

Lt Chris RaynerJersey Army Cadet Force

States members attend Liberation Day service

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Guernsey States members and island dignitaries have attended the traditional Liberation Day Church service.

Among them was Guernsey's senior politician Deputy Gavin St Pier.

Liberation church service
BBC

The Policy and Resources Committee president said the service reminded him how precious freedom was in 1945, and still is today.

"It's incredibly important that we remember, on our 72nd anniversary what it is to be free, to think of all those people who were trapped here for five years."

A chance to explore the island's occupation history

Rob England

BBC News Online

The Channel Islands Occupation Society is opening several of its sights for visitors who want to continue their Liberation Day experience.

Noirmont Point, Saint Brelade
Channel Islands Occupation Society
Noirmont Point, Saint Brelade will be open 11:00-16:00
The M19 Bunker at La Corbiere Point, Saint Brelade
Channel Islands Occupation Society
The M19 Bunker at La Corbiere Point, Saint Brelade will be open 11:00-14:00
The 10.5cm La Corbiere Point, St. Brelade
Channel Islands Occupation Society
The 10.5cm La Corbiere Point, St. Brelade will be open 11:00-14:00

Liberation Day Jersey: Where to go now?

Rob England

BBC News Online

Now the main ceremony has concluded you can enjoy more 1940's Liberation Day activities at the Weighbridge Place street party.

At the party you'll find:

  • A food fair selling a range of local food with a 1940s flavour
  • Art, crafts and vintage stalls
  • Vintage afternoon tea street party style seating arrangements
  • Live performers on stage and walkabout street theatre 'big screen' showing archive footage and clips, music and films from the 1940s

Weigbridge place
BBC

Road reopens after crash

BBC Radio Guernsey

The bottom of the Rohais has reopened after it was closed following a vehicle collision earlier, Guernsey's emergency services control centre has said.

Grosse Rocque flag raised a day early

James Rabey

BBC Radio Guernsey

The traditional raising of a flag on Grosse Rocque, a rock off Guernsey's west coast took place yesterday due to the windy conditions forecast for today.

Before World War Two a new Union Flag was raised on the rock every August Bank Holiday.

This was suspended by the occupying German forces from 1940-1945 and Fred Martel raised a flag there after the liberation.

Flag raised on Grosse Rocque
BBC

A flag has now been raised annually around Liberation Day to mark the end of the occupation, with the Guernsey flag replacing the Union Flag after its introduction in 1986.

Mr Martel's grandson Paul Benstead raised the flag on Monday afternoon.

Afternoon weather: Plenty of sunshine

BBC Weather

It will be fine and dry with plenty of sunshine this afternoon. 

In the sun it will feel pleasantly warm, although it will be on the breezy side. Maximum temperature: 15C (59F).

St Helier
BBC

Veterans join Guernsey Liberation Day parade

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

More than 30 islanders who served in the British armed forces joined the cadet forces, Chelsea Pensioners and visiting Ghurkas in the traditional military parade along the seafront.

Guernsey's Liberation Day marked with a military parade

Jersey flag flying over Ministry of Defence building

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

'Plentiful' oysters on sale from Herm

Rob Byrne

BBC News Online

Under German occupation, islanders were limited in what they could harvest from the plentiful sea around the Bailiwick.

Oysters
BBC

It's no surprise that today business is brisk at this impromptu oyster stall - made out of an old Guernsey fishing boat.

The Oysters come from neighbouring Herm - which was also occupied and liberated on May 12 1945.

Oysters
BBC
Oysters
BBC

Jersey Bailiff opens Liberation Day speech in Jerriais

Rob England

BBC News Online

Jersey's Bailiff, William Bailhache, opened his speech in Jerriais today to highlight the importance of the island's native language during the occupation.

He said during the occupation Jersey French was used "not because English was not allowed to be spoken" but because it was a way of communicating the Germans would not understand.

The language not only enabled communication to be private, but in any event was part of our identity, as much a part of that identity as the Jersey cow, or the Jersey Royal potato."

William BaillhacheBailiff of Jersey

Motorists asked to avoid the Rohais

BBC Radio Guernsey

Guernsey's emergency services are currently dealing with a vehicle collision near the bottom of the Rohais.

They're asking motorists to avoid the area if possible.

Cadets recreate famous scenes

Rob England

BBC News Online

Jersey cadets recreate the scenes of the first allied soldiers arriving in Liberation Square
Liberation Day 1945
Channel Island Occupation Society
The soldiers gave sweets to the crowds and the cadets carry on this tradition

Liberation Day Jersey: Then and now

Rob England

BBC News Online

The Union Jack flag is hoisted up over the Pomme D'Or Hotel once again, as it was on the same day in 1945.

Liberation
Channel Islands Occupation Society/BBC

Stories from Liberation: John Vasselin

Rob England

BBC News Online

John was 10 years old when the German troops arrived in Jersey, and 15 when they left.

He remembers Winston Churchill's speech proclaiming the Channel Islands liberated, and walking into town to buy a Union Jack, after they had been hidden away for so long.

John Vasselin
BBC

I lived at St. John, I remember German planes passing over my garden. We felt very lucky on Liberation Day, we didn't realise what had gone on in Europe. We felt like we had got away with it. The town was full of people.

John Vasselin