Beacon lit at Hessle Foreshore to mark D-Day

Crowds have gathered on the banks of the River Humber to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day.

Over 300 people watched as a beacon was lit at Hessle Foreshore at 21:15BST, following similar events across East Yorkshire and the rest of the UK.

The event also included a choir, salutes from members of the sea cadets, war veterans and a team from Humber Rescue who laid a wreath in the estuary.

The area around the beacon was decorated with poppies made by children from a local pre-school.

Air commodore Ian Stewart, deputy lieutenant of the East Riding had a message from The King to thank the town for their efforts with the event.

He said: "There is a wonderful community spirit and it's fantastic to see so many people here commemorating those who went to the continent all those years ago.

"Those young men wouldn't have known what to expect as they crossed the channel but because of their sacrifice we can enjoy the freedoms we have today".

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