WELLINGTON is joining communities around the country in celebrating the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings, a military operation that signalled the beginning of the end of World War Two.

There will be four events taking place in the week surrounding the anniversary.

Events kick off with Wellington’s annual Street Fair on Saturday, June 1 from 10am until 4pm.

This time the fair returns with a 1940s theme in commemoration of the anniversary.

There will be up to 80 stalls from local crafters, traders, charities, and community groups.

Along with this, there is a packed schedule of entertainment on the main stage including the swing/jazz group The Liberty Sisters performing some classic 1940s tunes.

Special guests General Motors and Private Parts patrolling the fair in their miniature tanks, just make sure you behave or they might set the confetti cannon on you.

Sunday, June 2 sees The Friends of Wellington Park launching their summer programme of weekly Music in the Park with Miss Ivy Belle and Rod Thomas.

1940’s music will be on the menu as well as some classic swing dancing. Music in the Park takes place every Sunday from 2nd June between 2.30pm and 4.30pm.

Thursday, June 6 is the official anniversary of the D-Day landings and marks 80 years since troops landed on the beaches of Normandy.

Wellington’s Town Crier Andrew Norris will be making the official D-Day 80 Proclamation at 10am in the town centre.

In the evening from 7pm Wellington Town Council will be joining communities around the country in the lighting of a beacon at 9.15pm in Wellington Park.

This beacon represents the ‘light of peace’ that emerged from the darkness of war.

Prior to the beacon lighting, Wellington Silver Band will be playing 1940s music between 7.30pm and 8.30pm and members of the public are invited to bring a picnic or purchase burgers, hot dogs, and ice cream from Crosses Food who will be at the park in the evening.

The event will close at 10pm. On Saturday, June 8 the Wellington Branch of the Royal British Legion are hosting a Commemoration Service at the War Memorial in Wellington Park for anyone who would like to join them in an act of remembrance.