Liberation Day 2016
20 Jan 2019 - 20 Jan 2019
11:18 am - 11:18 am
Liberation Day 2016 is fast approaching and will see Islanders welcoming ashore nearly 4,000 cruise liner passengers from the Caribbean Princess on Monday 9 May 2016.
The seafront will once again be the main focus but with new areas being embraced into the Liberation Day footprint including Market Square, Market Terrace and Castle Cornet.
The day’s remembrance of Liberation Day will commence with the pageantry of the traditional morning Church
Parade prior to the Liberation Day Church Service in the Town Church. This year, members of the public are encouraged to join the outdoor congregation that will gather in the marquee‐covered Market Square. The Liberation Church Service will be broadcast onto a giant screen in Market Square that will also provide seating for 350 people. All are welcome to join the outdoor congregation.
Activities throughout the day will offer entertainment for all age groups. From the temptations of the fresh produce of market stall holders from Guernsey and Normandie to the spectacle of extreme sports and from the competitive spirit of a curling alley to hours of fun for small children making mementoes and keep‐sakes in the Love Freedom marquee.
Castle Cornet will be part of Liberation Day for the first time in several years with a special Liberation Music Festival from 3pm to 6pm in the afternoon. Entrance to Castle Cornet will be free during these hours and visitors will enjoy the sights and sounds of some of Guernsey’s most popular outdoor musical performers at various locations around the castle. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own picnics but are asked to be responsible for their rubbish and to take it away with them.
“2016 is the 150th anniversary of the publication of Victor Hugo’s ‘Toilers of the Sea.’” said Deputy Mike O’Hara, Minister of the Culture and Leisure Department and Chairman of the Liberation Group.
“In light of this seafaring context, it is very fitting that Guernsey is going to welcome into St. Peter Port such a large number of cruise liner passengers on this Guernsey’s most special day – Liberation Day. It will be an opportunity for Guernsey to showcase its hospitality and warm welcome and for the visitors to gain an understanding as to why Liberation Day is so important to islanders.”
Details of all the activities and entertainment, planned for the 71st Liberation Celebrations, will be announced as and when they are finalised. More information will be available on the Liberation Day website as details are confirmed.
Click here to view the photographs of the 2015 70th anniversary Liberation celebrations.