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Island marks 80th anniversary of D-Day Normandy landings

Manx ships were part of Operation Overlord

The Isle of Man is marking the 80th anniversary of D-Day.

On 6 June 1944, troops from the allied nations landed in Normandy and attacked German forces.

Manx ships Lady of Mann, Ben My Chree and Victoria were all part of the operation.

You can find out more about the Island's involvement in D-Day through the online exhibition by Manx National Heritage.

The King's expected to attend a service in France today, where Manx woman Claire McCabe will carry the British National Standard.

A short wreath laying ceremony has been taking place at Douglas War Memorial this morning. The time was chosen as this is the time personnel landed on the beaches in Normandy.

At 8am, Ellan Vannin Pipes and Drums, led by Alistair Lothian, will be performing at the National War Memorial at St John's, the final stage of an 80-day relay of piping that's taken place across the British Isles.

At 7pm the bells of St George's Church will be rung to mark the anniversary.

At 8pm this evening a service of reflection is being held in St John's Church. 

Afterwards, wreaths will be laid at the Manx National War Memorial.

At 9:15pm, a beacon will be lit in St John's - at the same time as others are lit across the allied nations.

In Douglasat 9.15pm a short ceremony will be held in the grounds of St Ninian’s Church when a beacon will be lit at the Church tower, one of the highest vantage points in the City.

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