This is a brief outline of
the timings of Sundays ceremony...from organiser and fund raiser extroadinaire
PROPOSED ORDER OF THE DAY.
9.30 - 13.00hrs Road closed to general public in front of memorial.
10.45 British standards, veterans etc. line up.
11.00 March off under Parade Marshal RSM Hynds (RTR) French standards
will be on the hill to welcome British standards etc.
Salute to be taken by Brigadier Gadsby together with French representatives
and other VIP's. The service will be taken by the RTR Padre.
Unveiling by Brigadier Gadsby. Last Post, Reveille, silence. Drinks etc
will be available. WWII restored vehicles on parade.
The hand over of the tank will take place after the ceremony to the President
of the Association Odon Cote 112 by Albert Figg. This will be followed
by the laying of wreaths. It is advisable to be on site early as it estimated
that there will be around 400 people present for the ceremony. Buses and
cars will be directed by service personnel.
I appeal to you to accept their order to avoid any bottle neck. The earlier
you can arrive the better as this will ease the congestion but will also
give each of you more time to meet old comrades.
You are actively encouraged to wear medals and headgear for this special
.Saturday the 8th sees a rehearsal of the following days event. I would
like as many of those taking part in the parade and standard bearers to
be present, it will help make the day run smoothly.
There is a possibility of tour around the
area taking in some of the key sites of the battle, with possibly a visit
to the landing beaches.
The Minden Band, who will be taking part in the ceremony, will be giving
a concert on the Saturday evening at 20.30hrs in Fontaine Etoupefour.
This promises to be a very unique occasion whereby you will be able to
show your thanks to all the tank crews, associated armed forces soldiers
and members of the Resistance who laid down their lives during this ferocious
battled that raged through June, July and August 1944, which was undoubtedly
the turning point for the successful conclusion of WWII.
I implore all of you to attend, if at all possible, so that we can remember
those who had no choice but to stay in a corner of a foreign field forever
If you need any more information , or were
in Normandy in 1944 we would love to hear from you.
More information can be obtained from:
Albert Figg at: 135 Rough Common Rd, Canterbury, Kent CT2 9BS Tel: