The much-anticipated island-wide Cavalcade is set to return this Liberation Day. Organisers have released this year’s route, where the Cavalcade will visit all ten parishes on Monday 9th May.
Approximately 100 vehicles including military vehicles and motorbikes from the Guernsey Military Vehicle Group and classic cars from the vintage Car Club will travel over 30 miles on the afternoon of Liberation Day. Decorated tractors will join them at Pembroke until the end of the route and Islanders will be able to pick any spot around the Island to watch the cavalcade go past. Sections of the Cavalcade will also be live streamed on social media.
The Cavalcade will start at midday beginning at La Route De Pleinmont it will then travel onwards to St Andrew via St Saviour, to Castel past Vazon and Cobo before traveling on towards Vale Church and Pembroke.
Following a refreshment stop at Pembroke, with live music from JT music moments, the Cavalcade will resume travel towards The Bridge via Bordeaux before traveling along the seafront of St Peter Port and around the model yacht pond to allow visitors to Liberation Music at Castle Cornet the chance to see the Cavalcade at around 4pm.
The Bugles & Drums of the Steadfast Association featuring 24 band members from Guernsey and the UK will play from 4pm at the Model Yacht Pond as the cavalcade makes it way around Castle emplacement.
The final stages of the Cavalcade this year will travel from Town via Fountain Street to St Martin’s Village and Forest Church before disbanding beyond the Mallard filter at approximately 4.45pm.
The lead vehicle in the Liberation Day cavalcade will trial a new tracker system from Digimap in partnership with Links Communication. The position of the vehicle will be updated, live as it travels around the island. The tracker uses special technology for Guernsey which means it sends more position updates as it goes around corners so spectators will know when the cavalcade is due to arrive. This can be viewed via a link from Liberationday.gg and the Liberation Day Facebook page.
Liberation Day Cavalcade Director, Jeff Vidamour, said: ‘We are thrilled to have the opportunity to take part in the island-wide Cavalcade again, visiting all the Island parishes last year was a great success, and we really felt the community spirit as we travelled around the island.’
Deputy Sue Aldwell, Committee for Education, Sport and Culture, said: ‘After such a positive response from the community last year, we are excited to announce the return of the island-wide Cavalcade for 2022. We encourage islanders to come together to celebrate with family and friends and to watch the Cavalcade from a spot on the route, wave flags and take and pictures.’
Deputy Managing Director of JT, Tamara O’Brien, said: ‘We are extremely pleased to be able to once again support this unique island-wide Cavalcade for the Liberation Day celebrations. It’s important we celebrate one of the biggest days in our island’s history, giving us the opportunity to come together as a community. We are sure it will be a fun- filled afternoon for everyone to enjoy, whether people watch live, online or join in person with friends and family’.
Further details about the Islandwide Community Cavalcade, including detailed timings of its route can be viewed here.