Talybont-on-Usk is gearing up for a day of events this June to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day.

June 6 2024 marks the 80th anniversary of D-Day, when Allied forces mounted the largest amphibious invasion the world has ever witnessed. In 1944, Operation Overlord saw around 4,000 ships and landing craft set down 132,500 troops on five Normandy beaches in an action that would bring about the liberation of north-west Europe from Nazi occupation.

On June 6, an International 80th Anniversary Beacon will be lit at 9:15pm on His Majesty’s Naval Base, Portsmouth in recognition of the bravery of those people who sacrificed so much during D-Day to secure the peace and freedom we enjoy today, as well as the many thousands that supported them in the air, on land and at sea.

At the same time in towns, cities and rural communities across the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories, people will come together to light their own beacon.

The community of Talybont-on-Usk is delighted to participate in this national event.

At Henderson Hall the plan is for a fun celebration as well as an act of remembrance on June 6, for everyone to join and get involved in.

At 9am, Royal Naval colleagues, based at their outdoor centre near the Talybont Reservoir, will perform a brief commemorative flag raising ceremony.

Activities will then recommence at 6:30pm with a 1940s themed sing-along and a swing dance. There will be prizes for the best dancing couple and best dressed lady, chap and child. An open bar will be available from 6:30pm until 11pm.

In recognition of the trawlermen, who throughout the war helped keep the nation fed with unrationed fish & chips, a fish and chip supper, provided by Tad Cod in Brecon, can be purchased in advance - tickets will be available in the Talybont Shop from May 11 - 28.

The formal Remembrance ceremony will be held at 9:15pm, led once again by Royal Naval representatives, with the lighting of the D-Day Beacon.