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Watch: Liberation Day should be a formal bank holiday

Guernsey's Culture and Leisure minister, Deputy Mike O'Hara, wants the islands to formally declare Liberation Day as a bank holiday for future years to make sure celebrations continue.

Thousands of people turned out across the Channel Islands this weekend to mark the 70th anniversary of liberation from Nazi occupation.

But there have been fears raised that the 70th anniversary would mark the last of the big celebrations.

Deputy O'Hara, who organised the Liberation Day festivities in Guernsey, wants islanders to still be celebrating the occasion with as much excitement in 100 years and believes now is the time to make that happen.

Sark residents remember those deported during WW2

Residents in Sark have been marking 70-years of freedom.

One islander was just a teenager when she was deported from the island with her mother and 6-year-old brother.

Nellie Le Feuvre was forced to grow up in German internment camps, Compiègne, Biberach then Liebenau.

She was a special guest at today's memorial service, being the last surviving resident who was deported from Sark, along with more than 60 others.

Gary Burgess has been reflecting on the days events...

Your Liberation Day

Throughout the weekend of the 70th anniversary Liberation Day celebrations, you've been sending us your pictures. Here's just a selection:

This is Brian, who lives in St John, when he was a little 3 year old, taken on Liberation Day in 1945. Credit: Brian Coutanche
Paul sent us this photo montage to evoke the spirit of 9 May 1945. Credit: Paul Thomson
Antonia sent us this lovely shot of an old military vehicle wowing the crowds in the cavalcade. Credit: Antonia Correia
Gary's perfectly captured photo sums up an exhausting Liberation Day for this youngster! Credit: Gary Stringfellow
Trevor caught the eye of the Royal visit, HRH Countess of Wessex on her walkabout in St Peter Port. Credit: Trevor Mahy


In Pictures: Sark's Liberation Day

Credit: Sark Island

The island of Sark celebrates its Liberation Day each year on 10 May, one day later than Guernsey and Jersey. For this, the 70th anniversary, events were based at Creux Harbour where islanders and visitors gathered for an open air service, a Dakota fly-past, and then a chance to relax and enjoy the day.

Credit: Sark Island

The United Church Service saw the harbour transformed into an open air congregation as those who gathered remember the events of 10 May 1945, when years of Nazi occupation came to an end.

Credit: Sark Island
Credit: Sark Island

Just as Guernsey and Jersey had the previous day, Sarkees gathered to celebrate their freedom, and mark the landmark 70th anniversary in their own way.

Watch: ITV News meet HRH The Countess of Wessex

HRH The Countess of Wessex has been in Guernsey and Jersey today representing the Queen as the Channel Islands celebrate the 70th anniversary of Liberation this weekend.

The Countess started off being greeted by thousands of spectators at Footes Lane in Guernsey before receiving a similar reception at People's Park in Jersey in the afternoon

Our reporter Louisa Pilbeam met The Countess after her day across the islands.

Watch: Highlights from Guernsey's Liberation Day

70 years ago the Channel Islands were freed from five years of German Occupation during World War Two.

Today just like they did on 9th May 1945, crowds of islanders packed the streets to mark the momentous day in island history.

In Guernsey, 20 thousand people turned out as military parades, a huge cavalcade, and a Royal visitor made today's anniversary a day to remember.

Rob Moore joined the party in St Peter Port, as Sarnia celebrated 70 years of freedom...

Watch: Highlights from Jersey's Liberation Day

In Jersey crowds joined together in celebration and commemoration for the 70th anniversary of Liberation Day.

A service of thanks-giving and the traditional re-enactment of the defining moment British Liberating Forces raised the Union flag were among the highlights of the day.

Tamsin Eames was with islanders in St Helier as they relived history...

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