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D-Day: 70 Years On- at the Royal Albert Hall
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‘BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night presents D-Day 70 Years On‘ was the UK’s largest concert to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

This incredible story was retold at the Royal Albert Hall through drama and narration featuring Patrick StewartJeremy VineDermot O’Leary and Louise Minchin accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra and a military band featuring musicians from all the UK services.

The evening saw Katherine Jenkins perform a virtual duet with Dame Vera Lynn, as well as performances from Beverley KnightSeth Lakeman and the Military Wives Choir.

One of the most moving moments of the evening was D-Day veteran Jim Radford singing his song ‘Shores of Normandy’,  met with a heartfelt standing ovation.

The D-Day operation during World War II was the largest amphibious invasion in world history and was executed by land, sea and air. Launched on 6 June 1944, the simultaneous landing of allied forces took place on five separate beaches – Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword – in Normandy, France. It marked the beginning of the end of World War II.

Profits raised from this event were donated to The Royal British Legion, SSAFA and SkillForce