Still Photo's & Film Clips of the

60th Anniversary D-Day Commemorative Weekend

Burton Bradstock, 5th/6th June 2004

The 60th Anniversary of D Day was celebrated in the village with an exhibition of memorabilia including typical food rations with tasters, wartime uniforms and personal effects, items from the Bovington Tank Museum and actual film of the D-Day practice landings on Burton Beach. In the evening, several more events took place on the beach, bringing together about 1000 villagers and visitors of all ages. Events included a tug o' war, "Themed Dress" competition, Punch & Judy, Mr Custard, the Holy Fool, a pig roast etc. A musical evening was enjoyed with Burton Bradstock Country Band, and wartime songs by Mezzo, Robert Woodford and a sing-along with Wynne Hughes. A total of £1,365 was raised which has been donated equally to the Royal British Legion and the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Trust. A special church service was held at St Mary's on Sunday morning, 6th June.

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Exhibition of Memorabilia in the Reading Room

Contributions were made by a wide variety of villagers, ex villagers, Bovington Tank Museum and many others to create, what was, a very interesting display.

Exhibition was busy


Exhibition 9MB

D-Day memories - Vivid memories of D-Day in the village - given by Janet Guppy  

A very sad story of D-Day never told before May 2004 by Janet Guppy



Beach activities: A number of activities for all the family, including a Themed Dress competition, Tug-O'-War between the two pubs, Punch & Judy, Mr Custard, the Holy Fool and Wartime Music

Photo of children watching Punch & Judy

Group of children

A family day

Themed dress 2.6MB

Tug-O'-War 4.1Mb

Clown 3.2MB

Punch & Judy


Relaxation & Refreshments


Beach Activities 15MB

(This video comprises all the elements to the left on this topic combined into one longer clip)

(Annie Grantham, pictured here with her husband John, won the lady's prize for Themed Dress)




A nostalgic evening of entertainment with wartime songs and country dancing, ending with the lowering of the flag and the Last Post

Derek Parsons & Susan Paul enjoy the music

Dorothy & Jim Reeves relaxing

A quieter moment

Richard Hewlett keeping an eye on his PA system

This lady is 105! She has seen too many wars.


Burton Bradstock Country Band



Wynne Hughes



Singing along

Robert & David Woodford 7MB

Last Post 6.5MB

Moments of remembrance as the evening came to a close


The end of a perfect day


Filming/photography by Tim Linford, John Tillman, Mike Southgate & Ken Pett - Edited by Ken Pett

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