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2022 is the 77th anniversary of Guernsey's Liberation, commemorating the Islands' freedom from German Occupation during World War II.  

Liberation Day is the most important day in Guernsey’s calendar and commemorates the islands’ freedom from the German Occupation during World War II.

Celebrated annually on 9th May, the festivities provide an opportunity for islanders to remember the days of Occupation, which played such a monumental role in shaping both the landscape and the lives of the people of Guernsey.

Many events take place in St Peter Port and around the island on Liberation Day.  . 

Highlight Events

8:59am / Sounding of the Siren
The morning of Monday 9 May will begin with the siren sounded from Victoria Tower at 8:59 am, in remembrance of those who fought in the Second World War.  This will be followed by a two-minute silence before the sounding of the 'all clear' siren.

9:00am / Schools Relay Race
The historic Guernsey Schools Relay Race will be back in St. Peter Port again this year with races for boys and girls.

9:40am / The Liberation Day Military Parade
The The Liberation Day Military Parade will start at The North Beach carpark, ending at Town Church. The parade will be inspected by the Governor, Lieutenant General Richard Cripwell.

9:50am / Wreath Laying
The Bailiff of Guernsey will lay a commemorative wreath at the War Memorial at 09:50am.

10:00am - 2pm / HMS Medusa open to visitors (Crown Pier)
HMS Medusa is a Harbour Defence Motor Launch (HDML). Built in Poole in 1943 by RA Newman, Medusa is now the last of 464 vessels of her class that is in original and seagoing condition. HMS Medusa will visit Guernsey over the Liberation Day weekend and be open to visitors on Crown Pier.

11am / Church Service
The traditional Church Service at the Town Church will take place alongside services across the Island's churches to mark the day at 11 am. The full service, including all music and hymns, is being livestreamed and can be viewed here. The livestream will begin at 10.45am with the church service beginning at 11am.

11am - 4pm / Liberation Music at Castle Cornet
Live music and performances within the castle grounds.  Free entry.

12pm - 4:45pm / Islandwide Community Cavalcade
The much-anticipated island-wide Cavalcade is set to return this Liberation Day. Organisers have released this year’s route, where the Cavalcade, supported by JT, will visit all ten parishes on Monday 9 May. View the route here. A livestream will begin at 3.50pm with the cavalcade passing our cameras at approximately 4pm on the day so be sure to tune in to watch live.

4pm / The Bugles and Drums of The Stedfast Association Band Performance
The Bugles And Drums Of The Stedfast Association Band (BADOTSA) will play at the Castle emplacement as the Cavalcade travels around the model Yacht Pond.

9:15pm / Fireworks Display
The traditional fireworks always signal the end of the day’s celebrations and will be launched from their usual location at Castle Cornet. To ensure as many people can view them as possible we will be livestreaming the full fireworks display here. The livestream will begin at 9pm with the fireworks display taking place at approximately 9.15pm.

Visit the Liberation Day website for the full programme of events

 

 

 

 

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