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Islanders are celebrating Liberation Day in Jersey

Islanders are celebrating Liberation Day.

Follow the coverage below.

  • 07:00 Jersey's flag is being flown above Westminster in London to mark Liberation Day.

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is flying the flag above its headquarters.

The UK Government department is responsible for the constitutional relationship between the Channel Islands and the United Kingdom.

We are pleased to be flying the flag to mark the island's Liberation Day, and to celebrate the important relationship that exists between the UK and the Crown Dependencies.

– Lord Keen of Elie, Ministry of Justice spokesperson in the House of Lords
  • 09:35 La Ronde Concert Band and members of the Jersey Festival Choir perform in Liberation Square.
  • 10:15 Parades marched to Liberation Square.
  • 10:30 Special Meeting of the States of Jersey begins.

It is being streamed live to Liberation Square and Weighbridge Place on the big screen.

Deputy Carolyn Labey addresses the States.

This not only marks 74 years of our Liberation from German occupation, but it is almost exactly 100 years since this chamber passed a proposition giving women in Jersey the vote.

I stand here today acutely aware that the freedoms my children rightfully take for granted, freedom from occupation and fascism, but also freedom for women to be represented and to represent were fought for, paid for, and sometimes died for, within our living memory.

– Deputy Carolyn Labey, Grouville

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  • 10:55 The main parades have left the Royal Square.

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  • 11:05 Welcome and address of the Bailiff.

The Bailiff also referred to the achievements women have made over the past century.

Today, it seems extraordinary to think that it was only 100 years ago that women received the right to vote, and how much the lot of women has changed since 1940 and 1945.

– SIR WILLIAM BAILHACHE, BAILIFF OF JERSEY

He mentioned issues islanders are currently facing, including the environment, pay disputes, the new hospital and the role of the Bailiff, and reminded people that 'Liberation Day is a day to come together as one community.'

A day to prompt a common way forward; above all else a day to remember that the essential freedoms which we have were secured 74 years ago at great cost to the Allied forces and to our own people.

Let us forge ourselves again as one community, standing together to find solutions to whatever problems come our way.

– SIR WILLIAM BAILHACHE, BAILIFF OF JERSEY

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  • 11:56 Union Flag is raised above the Pomme D’or Hotel
  • 11:57 Union Flag is raised above Fort Regent

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  • 12:00 Celebrations begin
  • 14:30 Islanders and visitors enjoying celebrations at the Weighbridge.

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  • 15:00 Slaveworkers Memorial Service with a wreath laying ceremony at the Crematorium, Westmount.

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