D-Day Flypast: This is when you can see the Lancaster Bomber fly over Sheffield city centre

Sheffield is set to honour the sacrifice of those who died in the D-Day Normandy landings with an anniversary commemoration and flypast.

By Dan Windham
Thursday, 13 June, 2019, 12:55

World leaders attended ceremonies last week to honour Allied forces who fought in the largest combined land, air and and naval operation in history. 

Hundreds of veterans gathered in France to pay their respects while the Normandy Veterans Sheffield Branch held a ceremony at the Weston Park memorial. 

A Lancaster bomber flies over Ladybower reservoir (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

The branch, supported by Sheffield City Council, will now hold a commemoration event and Battle of Britain Memorial Flypast at Norfolk Heritage Park on Saturday, June 15.

The commemoration and flypast has been timed a week after the anniversary to allow veterans from across the North of England to attend, who had travelled to Normandy on the actual anniversary last week.

Councillor Mary Lea, cabinet Member for Culture, parks and leisure at Sheffield City Council said: “It was an honour to stand side-by-side at the ceremony with Sheffield’s Normandy Veterans on the 75th Anniversary last week.

“We have been working with the Sheffield veterans, not only to create a lasting memorial in Weston Park but to hold the main Drumhead service and flypast in Norfolk Park. The veterans were keen to invite their comrades from across the North of England to join in this special moment and it is our privilege to support them as we all come together to remember those who fought for our peace and freedom.”

What time will the flypast take place?

A military band will start event proceedings at 11.00am, followed by a commemorative parade and a Drumhead service at 12.15pm.

During the Drumhead Service wreaths will be laid by The Right Worshipful Lord Mayor of Sheffield Councillor Tony Downing, HM Lord-Lieutenant Andrew Coombe, Major General Neil Sexton, Chairman of Normandy Veterans Sheffield Branch Gordon Drabble LH and Branch Secretary Graham Askham.

After the service at 1.30pm the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster Bomber will fly over the park and will circle Sheffield city centre. Acknowledgements and thanks will close the event by 2pm.

Timings in full

11.00am – start with Military Band

12.15pm – Commemorative Parade and Drumhead Service

1.30pm Battle of Britain – Lancaster Flyover

2pm – thanks and close

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Who will be there?

The Lord Mayor of Sheffield Councillor Downing will be joined by Councillor Julie Dore Leader of Sheffield City Council, Councillor Lea, Sheffield’s Military Champion Councillor Tony Damms and Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Community Safety Councillor Paul Wood.

Representatives based in the UK from Canada, France, Poland and America will be in attendance, plus Normandy Veterans from as far afield as Hull and Liverpool.

Where will it happen?

The service takes place in Norfolk Heritage Park, Sheffield – at the top of the hill by Centre in the Park

The event is open to everyone and free to attend.

Normal entrances and exits in and out of Norfolk Heritage Park will be open.

People are advised not to bring wreaths to the event, as the actual D-Day memorial is in Weston Park.

Plan your journey

Norfolk Park car park will be reserved for travelling veterans, service personnel and invited guests. Parking around the park will not be available.

People are advised to plan journeys in advance, allowing plenty of time and to travel by public transport or on foot where possible. Several bus routes and Stagecoach Supertram pass closely to the park.

Those attending Norfolk Heritage Park on the day for other reasons should be aware that it will be very busy and access may be more difficult.