TAUNTON Town Council will contribute £10,000 towards an event marking the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy.

The D-Day Event will be held in partnership with West Monkton Parish Council and Cheddon Fitzpaine Parish Council at Vivary Park and Maidenbrook Country Park (Somerset Wood) on 6th June 2024.

At a council meeting earlier this week, councillors heard details of the planned event.

The varied programme will include wreath laying at the Normandy stone in Vivary Park, the lighting of the beacon at Maidenbrook Country Park and much more, with further details to be released shortly.

West Monkton Parish Council have committed £10,000 for the event and councillors resolved to contribute the same from the Taunton Town Council civic budget to support the commemorations.

Councillor Bev Fernandes, Taunton Town Council’s Armed Forces Champion, said: “One of the priorities in our Corporate Plan is to foster an engaged community; we know from the level of participation in our Remembrance Commemorations that the proposed D-Day 80 event will be welcomed by our residents.

“Taunton’s links to the Armed forces both historic and current are strong, and it is right that as a town, we take time to respectfully honour the sacrifices that were made for us all.

“We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with our parish council neighbours to mark the occasion in a truly fitting and memorable way.”