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Digital Liberation Day 2021 Coverage

We produced a wide range of digital content available on Liberation Day 2021. Click any of the boxes below to follow our coverage.

The Bailiff of Guernsey Richard McMahon recorded a special message this year given Liberation Day 2021 celebrations are a little different to normal. Join us in commemorating the 76th Anniversary of Liberation Day this year by following our Facebook Page and watching all the digital content we have to share with you over the course of the day.

The Town Church service begins at 11am which we welcome you to watch live before coverage of the Islandwide Community Cavalcade is offered early this afternoon. This evening the unveiling of the Liberation Day monument will be available to view as well as the highly anticipated Fireworks display.

The Liberation Day church service 2021 will be broadcast live from Town Church on Sunday 9th May. Tune in and follow live coverage of the whole ceremony below. Be sure to follow the rest of the coverage we have planned by watching the videos on this page.

The unveiling of the Liberation Day Monument took place earlier today and we are pleased to see it finally see the light of day. Originally commissioned to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of Liberation Day it has been in hiding for a year until earlier today when it was unveiled to the public. In this video we witness the monument being unveiled to the public for the first time as well as hearing from the sculptor himself.

Watch live coverage of the Liberation Day 2021 Islandwide Community Cavalcade below. We will be broadcasting from a location at the beginning of the route at L’Erée where we encourage you to watch either online or by joining fellow islanders on the roadside along the route.

Check out this great aerial footage from The Drone Ranger shot on Sunday for our Islandwide Community Cavalcade. If you were on the west coast on Sunday afternoon you might be able to spot yourself!

Watch live coverage of the Liberation Day 2021 Fireworks Display from one of the best vantage points in St. Peter Port. The display will also be broadcast live on our Facebook page so be sure to share the link with your friends and family.

Liberation Day is both a commemoration and celebration as we mark the 76th anniversary of our Liberation in 1945. 

 

08.59   Sounding of the siren

The morning of Sunday 9 May will begin with the siren sounded from Victoria Tower at 8:59 am, in remembrance of those who fought in the Second World War.  This will be followed by a two-minute silence before the sounding of the 'all clear' siren.

 

09.00  Schools Relay Race

The historic Guernsey Schools Relay Race will be back again at the Memorial Field at 9 am with races for boys and girls.


10.00    Liberation Day Run

The traditional Athletics Club Liberation Day Ru is a seven-mile run that starts at Rousse at 10 am and travels around Bordeaux and The Bridge to finish at North Beach.

 

The Commemoration of Liberation Day 

10.45   Wreath laying
11.00   Church service
12.45   Monument unveiling

The Bailiff will lay a commemorative wreath at the War Memorial at 10:45 am

The traditional Church Service at the Town Church will take place alongside services across the Island's churches to mark the day at 11 am. The Service will be live-streamed and available for the public to watch through the Liberation Day Facebook page and website. Please click here to download the order of service.

At 12:45 pm a new Liberation monument which was commissioned to mark the 75th  anniversary of Liberation in 2020 will be unveiled by former Bailiff Sir Richard Collas outside the Visitor Information Centre. This can be viewed online later in the day.

 

The Celebration 

The afternoon is all about celebration and in the spirit of Guernsey Together, which has been so evident throughout the pandemic, we encourage neighbours, friends and families to watch the island-wide Cavalcade and then hold their own parties within their own communities. 

This is a great chance to get your thinking hats on and come up with ideas for your own celebrations closer to home. 

The social media campaign, Decorate to Liberate, is running again. It was very successful last year, and we encourage people to put up bunting and other decorations on their homes to show their Guernsey pride again this year. Share your photos at #DecoratetoLiberate

 

14.00 - 16.00   Liberation Day Island-Wide Cavalcade 

The much-loved Cavalcade including military vehicles and the old car club will take an alternative route this year around the island visiting each parish. 

Please click here for a map of the route and confirmation of the roads and landmarks it will take in.

Deputy Sue Aldwell of the Committee for Education, Sport & Culture said “We encourage everyone to come out and watch from a spot on the route, wave flags and take pictures, the cavalcade may even go past your house so you can enjoy the display from the comfort of your own home. Keep an eye out for a variety of vehicles including a Dodge ambulance, a Daimler Dingo armoured car, and a Dodge weapons carrier.” 

 

21.15   Fireworks 

The traditional fireworks always signal the end of the day’s celebrations and will be launched from their usual location at Castle Cornet as well as being live-streamed for everyone to enjoy. 

 

Digital programme

Certain events will be livestreamed on the website and the Liberation Day social media pages over the course of the day. See:

09.05    Message from the Bailiff following the sounding of the siren

11.00    Church service broadcast from the Town Church

14.10      Liberation Day Island Cavalcade broadcast live from L'Eree

20.00   Unveiling of the new Liberation monument, recorded earlier in the day

21.15       Fireworks broadcast from Castle Cornet

 

We hope you have a wonderful Liberation Day!

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