Jersey

Thousands turn out for Liberation Day celebration

Jersey cadets

Thousands of people turned out for one of the biggest Liberation Day events to date in Jersey.

Starting in Liberation Square with a re-enactment of the moments the island was liberated from Nazi forces, the event then moved to People's Park, St Helier.

It was the location of the first Liberation Day celebrations in 1946.

The 70th anniversary saw a Royal visit from HRH The Countess of Wessex and a live music event.

After the re-enactment in Liberation Square, the first place Allied soldiers arrived to remove the Nazi flags and fly the Union flag, a grand parade made its way to People's Park.

The grand parade saw about 1,000 people and 150 vehicles take part, heading from Liberation Square, through the town centre and on to People's Park.

There was a special open air meeting of the States of Jersey in People's Park with a special message from Her Majesty the Queen.

The message, read by HRH The Countess of Wessex, described the people of Jersey as her most loyal subjects

There was a march past featuring the Royal Marine Band, sailors from HMS Iron Duke, the Jersey Field Squadron and the Princess of Wales' Royal Regiment.

A specially commissioned 5 metre Jersey flag was flown from a large pole in People's Park, although the first time it was hoist it was upside down.

The day finished with the lighting of the Liberation Beacon and a firework display.

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