Candy Girls tour retirement villages to commemorate D-day

News posted

2nd September 2019

The Candy Girls, D-day 2019, Retirement Villages Group

Our retirement villages across Warwickshire, West Sussex and Surrey all enjoyed a spectacular performance from the 1940s inspired Candy Girls to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, which took place on 6 June 1944 during World War Two.

Staff, residents and visitors all enjoyed the fabulous event consisting of live music, delicious canapes and seasonal drinks.

We took some fabulous photographs to share the events with you that took place at Elmbridge, Lime Tree and Charters…

Lime Tree Village, Warwickshire

The Candy Girls, D-day 2019, Retirement Villages Group
 

Charters Village, West Sussex

The Candy Girls, D-day 2019, Retirement Villages Group
 

Elmbridge Village, Surrey

The Candy Girls, D-day 2019, Retirement Villages Group

 

Residents across all the villages enjoyed getting together to discuss their memories of D-Day, including one resident who saw the boats leaving Portsmouth harbour!

Cedars Village, in Hertfordshire, arguably had the most spectacular story for this year’s D-Day anniversary. Cedar’s resident Sidney Downer signed up to the Navy as a 19-year-old officer and went on to be part of military operation which was to help liberate France and mark the end of World War II.

This year Sidney had the honour of attending the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, in Portsmouth. The Ministry of Defence announced this anniversary was “one of the biggest mobilisations of the UK Armed Forces in recent years, including over 4,000 personnel, 11 Royal Navy vessels and multiple aircraft, including Spitfire”.

Sidney was joined by many famous faces including Theresa May, the Queen, Rod Stewart and many more!

To read more stories about Cedars village and its residents, just click here.