Beacon to be lit on Middleham Castle to mark D-Day anniversary

Middleham.

A beacon will be lit on top of the keep at Middlheam Castle as part of national remembrance events to mark 80 years since D-Day.

The beacon will be lit at 9.15pm on Thursday, June 6.

Councillor Honor Byford, Mayor of Middleham, said: “To be able to play even a small part in paying tribute is humbling and a great honour.

“As an Army veteran myself, I can well imagine how those who embarked on such a major operation into the teeth of a well-defended enemy army must have felt. It was a daunting undertaking in which every individual must have wondered if they would survive the day, and many did not return.

“For those who survived and who then fought on through Europe all the way to Berlin, and who liberated the Nazi Death Camps, many were changed forever, whether physically, mentally, or both. So many soldiers and their families lived and are living with the effects of war for the remaining decades of their lives. Our freedom is bought in blood and treasure, then and now.”

She added: “In Middleham, we have raised our bunting and festive lights to commemorate those from this community and beyond who served in the D-Day Operations.

“At 9.15pm we will light a beacon at the top of the ancient Keep of Middleham Castle, where soldiers have stood guard over many centuries and whose spirit and memory we honour again on this momentous anniversary.

“May the peace they fought for be preserved and maintained now and for our children’s children.”