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Liberation celebrations unveiled
Liberation Day re-enactment
The islands were liberated from German occupation on 9 May 1945
Jazz legends Dame Cleo Laine and Sir John Dankworth have been booked as guests of honour for Jersey's Liberation Day.

A free concert will be held in St Helier's People's Park on 9 May.

Dame Vera Lynn,89, who personified the spirit of the Blitz, is unable to attend the 62nd celebrations, but has sent her best wishes to the island.

The events from 5 to 9 May are held to mark the liberation of Jersey from Nazi occupation in World War II.

Potato festival

The Channel Islands were the only part of the British Isles to fall into Nazi hands during the war.

During the occupation more than 2,000 islanders were deported to camps by the Germans.

A giant stage will be erected in the park and Ms Laine and Mr Dankworth will perform with the Jersey Big Band to give the event a 1940s feel.

Gerard le Feuvre and the King's Chamber Orchestra of London will also be performing with a range of local choirs, bands and children.

Jersey Tourism has also organised a food fair in the Park and a Jersey Royal Potato festival.




SEE ALSO
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