Remembering June 6, 1944

A LOCAL care home hosted a commemorative ceremony to mark 80 years since D-Day. 

Care UK’s Trymview Hall, on Southmead Road, welcomed local people to honour the anniversary with a lamp-lighting ceremony on June 6. Care UK partnered with royal pageant master Bruno Peek, coordinator of the D-Day 80 Lamp Light of Peace. Along with charities which support the three forces, including the Merchant Navy Association, over 100 homes took part in this nationwide tribute.

At Trymview Hall, the event featured live music from The D-Day Dollies, who entertained visitors with a range of classic 1940s tunes. The lamp, which represents the peace that followed the end of World War Two, was lit by resident, 99-year-old Albert Stiles, who served in the Royal Air Force.

Nicole Anderson, home manager, said: “We were delighted to join this nationwide initiative and mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day.  Reminiscence activities are a great way for older people, and those living with dementia, to connect with those around them and help maintain a sense of identity. The residents have all shared their own stories and memories – it’s been fantastic to hear everyone’s experiences and learn from one another. It really was a heartfelt day for everyone involved.”