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Rutland Lions to host fundraising swing evening marking 80 years since D-Day

By Evie Payne

11th Feb 2024 | Local News

Victoria Hall, Oakham High Street, Rutland. Image credit: Victoria Hall.
Victoria Hall, Oakham High Street, Rutland. Image credit: Victoria Hall.

Save the date to step out in 1940s style on the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

The D-Day landings, that took place on 6 June 1944, was the largest seaborne invasion in history. Along with the associated airborne operations, it marked the beginning of the liberation of France and western Europe, and the conclusion of World War II.

The World War II Normandy landings, codenamed Operation Neptune, lasted until 24 June and resulted in the loss of over 4,000 allied troops.

While the event is celebrated as a victorious moment in World War II, D-Day also offers an opportunity to remember those who lost their lives in battle and mark the tremendous losses encountered across Europe and America during the war.

This year marks 80 years since the invasion by allied forces, and Rutland Lions will be hosting a fundraising swing evening on 8 June to commemorate the landings. 

Attendees will enjoy dance and live music from the era, provided by the amazing Rutland Big Band and the sensational vintage vocals trio, The Swingettes, who will be performing 1940's tunes and more.

A spokesperson for The Lions Club of Rutland said: "Putting the 'zing in swing', this vintage vocal harmony group and live band will perform songs from their nostalgic 1940s theme show, bringing the style with stunning vintage costumes, red lipstick and victory rolls to match.

"Costume is encouraged, so be sure to check out local charity shops and online for vintage-style outfits, dig out your grandad's Glenn Miller albums to get in the mood and get ready to dance, sing and swing the night away.

The event is set to take place at the Victoria Hall, High Street, Oakham on 8 June from 7pm. 

The evening is organised by the Lions Club of Rutland and tickets cost £25, including light rations to be served at table. For more information or to request tickets please email [email protected].

Funds raised will go into the Lions budget, from which they donate to local causes, support charities and fund a range of community events and sessions across Rutland.

Find out more about The Lions Club of Rutland, including how to join, on their website.

     

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