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'This celebration is their victory': Anniversary of D-Day Landings commemorated in popular park

PUBLISHED: 13:43 07 June 2019 | UPDATED: 13:43 07 June 2019

Lowestoft Town Council hosted a successful People�s Picnic in the Park to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings at Sparrow�s Nest in Lowestoft. Pictures: Mick Howes

Lowestoft Town Council hosted a successful People�s Picnic in the Park to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings at Sparrow�s Nest in Lowestoft. Pictures: Mick Howes

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The 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings has been commemorated in Lowestoft with a special event.

Lowestoft Town Council hosted a successful People�s Picnic in the Park to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings at Sparrow�s Nest in Lowestoft. Mayor of Lowestoft Alice Taylor addresses the crowds. Pictures: Mick HowesLowestoft Town Council hosted a successful People�s Picnic in the Park to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings at Sparrow�s Nest in Lowestoft. Mayor of Lowestoft Alice Taylor addresses the crowds. Pictures: Mick Howes

More than 200 people turned out in Sparrow's Nest as Lowestoft Town Council organised a People's Picnic in the Park.

With people being encouraged to bring a picnic and enjoy some live music from the era, courtesy of the Super Swing Big Band, the event was hailed a success as those in attendance entered into the spirit of the occasion and danced along to the band's music.

Welcoming those to the event, mayor of Lowestoft Alice Taylor said: "I want to thank you on behalf of Lowestoft Town Council for coming out today to the 75th anniversary celebration of D-Day.

Lowestoft Town Council hosted a successful People’s Picnic in the Park to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings at Sparrow’s Nest in Lowestoft. The Super Swing Big Band. Pictures: Mick HowesLowestoft Town Council hosted a successful People’s Picnic in the Park to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings at Sparrow’s Nest in Lowestoft. The Super Swing Big Band. Pictures: Mick Howes

"Now some people think that the word 'celebration' is not appropriate.

"How can we celebrate D-Day, the largest seaborne invasion in history, an invasion that coast 4,414 Allied lives?

"We are here to remember the sacrifice of the military and civilians from the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, Canada, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, France, India, Greece, the Netherlands, New Zeland, Norway and Poland who banded togather on D-Day to fight against the evils of fascism and to defend the principles of liberty, equality and democracy.

Lowestoft Town Council hosted a successful People’s Picnic in the Park to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings at Sparrow’s Nest in Lowestoft. Pictures: Mick HowesLowestoft Town Council hosted a successful People’s Picnic in the Park to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings at Sparrow’s Nest in Lowestoft. Pictures: Mick Howes

"Some people don't know the important part that Lowestoft played in the D-Day invasion.

"You are standing in the very place - here in Sparrow's Nest - of the home of the Royal Naval Patrol Service, known as the HMS Europa.

"Lowestoft was central depot to a vast network of minesweepers that kept the channel clear.

Lowestoft Town Council hosted a successful People�s Picnic in the Park to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings at Sparrow�s Nest in Lowestoft. Pictures: Mick HowesLowestoft Town Council hosted a successful People�s Picnic in the Park to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings at Sparrow�s Nest in Lowestoft. Pictures: Mick Howes

"You might not know it, but this very ground you are standing on was once the closest British military establishment facing the enemy.

"You are standing on the home of more than 70,000 men and women who supported 6,000 small coastal defence craft of all types, often in the most dangerous conditions, all to keep Britain free from tyranny.

"On June 5 and June 6, Allied minesweepers from Lowestoft and other ports led the way to clear a path to the landing beaches and made D-Day, and the liberation of Europe, possible.

Lowestoft Town Council hosted a successful People’s Picnic in the Park to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings at Sparrow’s Nest in Lowestoft. The Super Swing Big Band perform. Pictures: Mick HowesLowestoft Town Council hosted a successful People’s Picnic in the Park to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings at Sparrow’s Nest in Lowestoft. The Super Swing Big Band perform. Pictures: Mick Howes

"On this 75th anniversary of the day, we hear a lot of the D-Day invasion.

"We don't hear a lot about those who made the day possible by clearing the way. But we know and we have not forgotten.

"We are here to rember the Lowestoft sailors whl manned the minesweepers and the Lowestoft soldiers who died on the beaches, and the great sacrifices made by all of the Allied soldiers and civilians on this day 75 years ago....but we are also here to celebrate.

Lowestoft Town Council hosted a successful People�s Picnic in the Park to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings at Sparrow�s Nest in Lowestoft. Music and dancing was enjoyed. Pictures: Mick HowesLowestoft Town Council hosted a successful People�s Picnic in the Park to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings at Sparrow�s Nest in Lowestoft. Music and dancing was enjoyed. Pictures: Mick Howes

"We can celebrate because we won.

"We are here today to enjoy a lovely evening with our friends and listen to a selection of music.

"This celebration is exactly what those brave soldiers and sailors wanted. This celebration is their victory.

Lowestoft Town Council hosted a successful People�s Picnic in the Park to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings at Sparrow�s Nest in Lowestoft. Cllr Peter Collecott. Pictures: Mick HowesLowestoft Town Council hosted a successful People�s Picnic in the Park to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings at Sparrow�s Nest in Lowestoft. Cllr Peter Collecott. Pictures: Mick Howes

"They fought for their country, they fought for their family and friends, they fought for their children and grandchildren, and they fought for those unborn generations they would never meet.

"They fought so that WE could come out on a summer evening to this lovely park and enjoy a concert in a free and opemn society.

"So we do celebrate, and we honour them by not forgetting why we are here today."

Lowestoft Town Council hosted a successful People’s Picnic in the Park to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings at Sparrow’s Nest in Lowestoft. Cllr Peter Knight and mayor of Lowestoft Alice Taylor. Pictures: Mick HowesLowestoft Town Council hosted a successful People’s Picnic in the Park to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings at Sparrow’s Nest in Lowestoft. Cllr Peter Knight and mayor of Lowestoft Alice Taylor. Pictures: Mick Howes

Speaking afterwards, the mayor said: "We had an excellent turnout - it was brilliant.

"It was just wonderful to see everyone out having a good time.

"They respected the solemnity of the day and understood it was a celebration of life."

Lowestoft Town Council hosted a successful People�s Picnic in the Park to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings at Sparrow�s Nest in Lowestoft. Janet Betts, Olive Guymer and Richard Guymer at the event. Pictures: Mick HowesLowestoft Town Council hosted a successful People�s Picnic in the Park to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings at Sparrow�s Nest in Lowestoft. Janet Betts, Olive Guymer and Richard Guymer at the event. Pictures: Mick Howes

Lowestoft Town Council hosted a successful People�s Picnic in the Park to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings at Sparrow�s Nest in Lowestoft. Kia Segev and Jacqueline Chung at the event. Pictures: Mick HowesLowestoft Town Council hosted a successful People�s Picnic in the Park to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings at Sparrow�s Nest in Lowestoft. Kia Segev and Jacqueline Chung at the event. Pictures: Mick Howes

Lowestoft Town Council hosted a successful People�s Picnic in the Park to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings at Sparrow�s Nest in Lowestoft. Marina and Peter Knight. Pictures: Mick HowesLowestoft Town Council hosted a successful People�s Picnic in the Park to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings at Sparrow�s Nest in Lowestoft. Marina and Peter Knight. Pictures: Mick Howes

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