About D-Day 75 in Portsmouth
The 6th June 2019 marks the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings, one of the most remarkable Allied wartime operations in history, and Portsmouth will be at the very heart of the commemorations.
Portsmouth was the centre of the staging areas for D-Day and one of the main embarkation points for the troops, who were assembled in camps in and around the city. Because of this, D-Day had a major impact on civilians in the city. Many local people became friends with allied servicemen who were in the area and on their way to Normandy.
In the build-up to D-Day, hundreds of ships and landing crafts gathered in the Solent – so many so that eyewitnesses said you could have walked across to the Isle of Wight on them.
Portsmouth’s key role in Operation Overlord continued long after D-Day. Men, vehicles, supplies and German Prisoners of War continued to pass through the embarkation areas for months afterwards. Wounded men were evacuated to Portsmouth and treated in hospitals in the city, and the ones who died of wounds are buried in local cemeteries within the city.
D-Day Exhibition at the Tower
Throughout June, we will be running a D-Day exhibition on View Deck 1.
Our panoramic view deck looking across The Solent and Portsmouth will highlight the significance the city had in D-Day, by pointing out key locations and the role each place played.
Take a step back in time and see what places from our 23 mile radius view would have looked like during the time of WW2 and D-Day and learn about the key places involved in what was the biggest military operation in history.
If you have any relatives that were involved in D-Day or have any pictures of Portsmouth from that time, then please get in contact with Olivia Scammell; we would love you to be involved.
Lighting the Tower yellow
Throughout the D-Day commemorations, we will be lighting the Tower in yellow to honour all those involved in D-Day and the war. This will be in line with key buildings within the City of Portsmouth.
We will also be projecting a special message onto the Spire of the Tower – so keep your eyes peeled for that.
Catch the Red Arrows display from a view like never before! The Red Arrows full display will be performed over the Solent on the 5th June, with a flypast on the 8th June. Why not enjoy a High Tea or a glass of bubbles as you marvel in the magnificence of the acrobatic planes. Be in the heart of it all 105 metres up immersed within our D-Day 75 exhibition.
Please note that times have not been confirmed. Keep up to date on the D-Day 75 programme on the Visit Portsmouth website.
On the 5th, 6th, 7th and 9th June, we will be opening the Tower until 9pm, with last entries at 8:30pm. Come and take a look at Portsmouth by night and enjoy a glass of bubbles as the sun sets across the Solent. If you have been to visit in the day, your ticket will allow you to come in as many times as you like, so why not compare the day and night-time vistas and really take in the view.
Veni, Vidi, Canto choir
Weather dependent, the Veni, Vidi, Canto choir from Caen, Normandy will be doing an acapella performance outside the Tower at 10am on Sunday 9th June. You can find out more information about them here.