Crowds gather to commemorate 75th anniversary of D-Day on Rhyl beach


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Crowds gathered to commemorate 75th anniversary or D-Day on Rhyl beach. Thousands of people including 500 Rhyl school children made their way to the Rhyl promenade just outside the Lifeboat house to commemorate the thousands that had fallen on the shores of Normandy.

The event which was organised by Richard Kendrick and the Royal British Legion members in Rhyl and Bill Porter from Woody’s Lodge.  Work began during the early hours of the morning when a band of volunteers arrived on the beach to etch an estimated 500 silhouettes.  Wood sculptor and former serviceman Ian Murray created a life size “Woody” the Silent Solider which was carefully placed onto the sands.  The sculptor was carved exclusively of the event from timber with chainsaws and helps a replicate rifle, used by the soldiers 75 years ago.

By 9:45am the crowds began to gather, with local schools in attendance and a military lone piper playing on the beach. Many veterans, cadets and serviceman arrived before the ceremony which was attended by members of the Royal Welch Fusiliers. Rev. Paul Robinson of the United Church led the tributes during a service of remembrance and a 2 minute silence.

An incredible turn out and support for a fitting commemoration to the fallen 75 years ago.

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