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D-Day 75th commemoration service today

A special service to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings will take place in Douglas this morning.

It will be opened with a welcome from chairman of the Normandy Veterans Association, Hector Duff.

The service at North Quay will be led by Monsignor John Devine, Chaplin to the Mayor of Douglas, and will include the Last Post followed by a two-minutes silence with Mayor, Jon Joughin, to then lay a wreath at the lectern as part of The Act of Remembrance.

Principal guests will then lay their own wreaths at the Normandy Veterans Memorial on Ridgeway Street.

The landings in Northern France in 1944 were key in securing victory for the allies in World War Two and it remains the largest seaborne invasion in history.

As the event takes place, people are being reminded there will be closures on both North Quay and Ridgeway Street between 10am and 11am.

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