This year marks 80 years since the Normandy landings and Wolverhampton will mark the occasion with a special commemoration event.

Also known as D-Day, the historic operation saw the Allied Forces mount a large-scale invasion of Nazi-occupied France that ultimately tipped the course of the Second World War in the Allies’ favour.

On Thursday 6 June from 7pm to 9.30pm, City of Wolverhampton Council will be hosting a free commemorative event on the piazza outside the Civic Centre, St Peter’s Square featuring speeches, entertainment including a ukelele performance, 1940s musical singers The Bluebird Belles and a set by City of Wolverhampton Brass Band to close the event.

At 9.15pm, the city will join the nation in the lighting of the commemorative beacon.

Mayor of Wolverhampton, Councillor Linda Leach said: “Eighty years ago, the nation and the free world came together when we needed them most, so I’m delighted that our city will be coming together on Thursday 6 June to mark this momentous occasion.

“The bravery and sacrifice by so many on D-Day, one of the largest operations in history deserves to be recognised. I would encourage all of those who are able to, to come and join us on the day.”

The event is free to attend. As capacity on the piazza is capped at 500 guests, the event will be on a first come, first served basis with a one in, one out policy if required if event capacity is reached.