It's Homecoming Day in Alderney

Islanders in Alderney are celebrating the 70th anniversary of Homecoming Day, when residents returned to the island after the Second World War.

During the war the island was occupied by Nazis and several concentration camps were built on the land.

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Alderney to receive message from the Queen on Homecoming Day

The Island Hall in Alderney is packed with islanders and visitors this afternoon as a Vin D'Honneur takes place with homecomers taking part.

They're due to hear a special message from the Queen on Homecoming Day.


Homecoming Day schedule

Alderney is marking the 70th anniversary of Homecoming Day.

On this day 70-years-ago, islanders returned to Alderney after it was evacuated during the second world war.

Nazis occupied the island during the conflict and turned it into a 'land battleship' with four concentration camps built on it.

  • 10.00 - A plaque is unveiled outside the court of Alderney.
  • 10.30 - The bells of St Anne's Church ring out.
  • 11.00 - Ecumenical service takes place at St Anne's Church.
  • 12.00 - Vin d'Honneur takes place for home-comers and dignitaries.
  • 2.30 - Charlie Gauvain's film 'Alderney - The Homecoming' at the Alderney Cinema.
  • 4.30 - Second showing of Homecoming film.
  • 7.30 - A musical play is shown at the Island Hall called 'An Island Story.'

Alderney celebrates 70th anniversary of Homecoming

People in Alderney are celebrating 70 years since Homecoming Day.

Today was the day in 1945 that evacuated islanders returned home after the Second World War.

Many found their homes unfit to live in, with items often being taken for firewood.

The view many came home to

There are a number of events planned on to mark the occasion.

A plaque will be unveiled outside the Court of Alderney, there will be special screenings at the Alderney cinema of a film by Charlie Gauvain entitled "Alderney - The Homecoming", and a unique musical play "An Island Story" written especially for the occasion is being performed.

The acting Lieutenant Governor, Sir Richard Collas, is on the island to attend all the events.

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