Shanklin commemorates D-Day 80 at Falcon Cross Hall

D Day 80 exhibition by Shanklin Historical Association

Shanklin and District History Society held a special D-Day 80 exhibition at Falcon Cross Hall, with hundreds of residents and visitors viewing exhibits from World War II, with access to the Society’s extensive archive and book collection.

Chairman, Mark Saunders, said: “We are grateful for our members supplying so much information of events 80 years ago, especially as Shanklin was subject to extensive bombing raids during the conflict.”

The society meets monthly, 10 times a year, on the first Thursday of each month, at Falcon Cross Hall. Details are available via iw.observer/shanklinhistory.

Members of Shanklin Royal British Legion (RBL) also welcomed Shanklin’s mayor, Robert May, and IW RBL county president, Ian Ward, to the special planting of a D-Day 80 remembrance rose.

Ian Ward said: “Island residents are organising a range of events, from beacon lighting to participation in national events, with this event in Shanklin being part of local commemorations of D-Day 1944.”

Cllr May presented Shanklin RBL with a framed copy of the Armed Forces Covenant which Shanklin have signed up to.