D-Day beacon

A BEACON will be lit on Siston Hill as part of a national commemoration of the 80th anniversary of D-Day.

The event, organised by Siston Parish Council, will be one of 1,500 across the UK and Commonwealth on June 6, 80 years to the day after the start of the Normandy landings in 1944.

Starting at 8.30pm, it will include music from Scottish piper James Meiklejohn, 1940’s songs from the Songsmiths Quartet, as well as a short service led by Rev Rosemary Radcliffe and lighting ceremony with parish council chair Andrew Stacey.

Members of the Observer Corps and Royal British Legion will attend the event, and members of the public are welcome.

It is expected to finish around 9.25pm.

The beacon was erected on top of Siston Hill to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War in 2018 and was also lit for the late Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022.

Three days after the beacon lighting ceremony, on June 9, a D-Day 80 service of remembrance, organised by Staple Hill & District Royal British Legion, will be held in Page Park from noon, with music from the Staple Hill Salvation Army band.