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6 May 2014

UK cinemas to show live BBC D-Day Concert

Cinemas across the UK will show a live broadcast of BBC Radio 2's event to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day, with profits donated to SSAFA.


UK cinemas to show live BBC D-Day Concert

Cinemas across the UK will show a live broadcast of BBC Radio 2's event to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day, with profits donated to SSAFA, The Royal British Legion and SkillForce.

Following the sell-out of the concert at The Royal Albert Hall, the BBC will now stream the special Friday Night is Music Night concert 'D-Day 70 Years On' to cinemas nationwide on Friday 6 June from 19.30 to 22.00.

For those who might have missed out on the chance for a ticket to the Royal Albert Hall, this live cinema broadcast will allow veterans, their families and others who are unable to travel to France, to embrace the event visually and mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day together.

Marc Allenby, Director of Distribution at Picturehouse Entertainment, who is behind the cinema showings said: "Cinemas were the lifeblood of information in wartime Britain and the main social centres for sharing news. They united the country in 1944 and will do so again 70 years on. It is fitting that cinemas nationwide can join the BBC in commemorating the anniversary in what will be a historic broadcast."

'D-Day 70 Years On’ will feature hosts Jeremy Vine, Dermot O’Leary and Louise Minchin as they re-tell the key moments of D-Day alongside music from the BBC Concert Orchestra who will be joined by a band featuring musicians drawn from all three UK Armed Forces including the Central Band of the Royal Air Force, the Royal Artillery Band & Her Majesty's Royal Marines.

Katherine Jenkins will also sing a virtual duet of 'We'll Meet Again' with Dame Vera Lynn and Patrick Stewart will lead a cast of actors playing Sir Winston Churchill at the special commemorative event.

The D-Day operation during World War II was the largest amphibious invasion in world history and was executed by land, sea and air. During the invasion 156,000 Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy in France - Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword. The campaign marked the beginning of the end of World War II.

More than two million servicemen and women took part in planning and executing this auspicious and daring campaign. Seventy years later, on 6 June 2014, the world will pause to commemorate their success and also their sacrifice.

David Murray, Chief Executive of SSAFA commented, “I am delighted that SSAFA has been given this opportunity to take part in such a moving tribute. The commemoration of 70th Anniversary of the D-Day landings is an opportunity for us to mark the bravery of those who landed on the Normandy beaches and who freed Europe. Money from profits of this concert will be used to provide lifelong support for our forces and their families, from all conflicts.”

Look out for more details of the event coming soon.

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