Lighting a Beacon of Peace for the D-Day 80th anniversary


Author: Lee Cleaver, client account executive at Clear Councils Insurance

6 June 2024 marks the 80th anniversary of D-Day and will see several events hosted throughout the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories. It is a significant occasion to commemorate the sacrifices made and celebrate the years of peace resulting from those tremendous efforts.

Lighting a beacon: what should I know?

Councils and communities have been invited to celebrate the D-Day anniversary by lighting a Beacon. It is a fantastic opportunity to bring people together, but it also comes with its own set of risks. In light of this, we offer a few tips to stay safe during the event.

If you organise a firework display or bonfire/beacon, you must:

  1. Consult the relevant authorities at least seven days before the event.
  2. Comply with any recommendations or instructions of:
    • The relevant authorities.
    • Fireworks manufacturers.
  3. Organise the event in accordance with the latest guidance from the Health and Safety Executive, in particular:
    • Storing fireworks in a safe manner.
    • Keeping spectators a safe distance away from the display and bonfire.
    • Providing an adequate number of marshals or stewards to control spectators.
    • Having available means of extinguishing a fire.
    • Providing sufficient first aider.
  4. Obtain fireworks from a reputable manufacturer.
  5. Not modify or adapt fireworks.
  6. Ensure the display and bonfire are at least 20 metres away from premises or vehicles you do not own, hire or rent or any flammable or other dangerous materials.

How else can I get involved?

From lamps to fish and chips, there are many ways to participate in the D-Day anniversary. For more information on what’s happening and how to get involved, refer to the dedicated D-Day 80 Anniversary guide or website.

Contact Clear Councils Insurance

For further guidance on preparing for the D-Day anniversary, contact our Clear Councils risk management and insurance specialists via 0330 013 0036 or .

The following blog post is for informational purposes only and should not be considered professional or legal advice. The views and opinions expressed in this post are those of the author and do not reflect the official policy or position of the National Association of Local Councils. Any links to external sources included in this blog post are provided for convenience and do not constitute endorsement or approval of those websites' content, products, services, or policies. Therefore, readers should use discretion and judgment when applying the information to their circumstances. Finally, this blog post may be updated or revised without notice.

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