Southend and Essex will be commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Normandy Landings otherwise known as D-Day this week.
Families had the chance to mark the occasion yesterday by enjoying a flypast by Second World War planes saluting D-Day veterans the day before anniversary today.
More than 35 Douglas DC-3/C-47 planes passed over Southend just before 2.30pm yesterday as they made their way from the Imperial War Museum in Duxford to Caen-Capriquet Airport in Normandy. They were visible along the Southend area central seafront, Chalkwell and Leigh-on-Sea.
Southend’s Palace Theatre will be hosting a special theatre production by local drama company, Lindisfarne Productions, for a performance of “This is War” by Hannah Moscovitch, which highlights mental health issues in the military.
Further information about the play can be found at www.southend.theatres.org.uk
The production is being supported by SSAFA, which is The Armed Forces Charity supporting servicemen and women, veterans and their families both here and overseas.
There will be a special collection after each performance.
Performances are until Sat 8 June at 7.45 pm at the Dixon Studio in the Palace Theatre, Westcliff on Sea. There is a special ticket offer on all seats.
The Mayor of Southend, Cllr John Lamb, said: “This year marks 75 years since the D-Day landings, so we hope our residents and veterans managed to see the flyover, which was a once-in-a lifetime opportunity.
“The theatre production, though not directly related to D-Day itself, gives the public a gripping insight into the horrors of modern conflict and the internal battles our service men and women often have to face in their line of duty.”
More information about events across the whole of Essex and Southend that are being organised nationally can be found at: www.gov.uk/government