This year the Jersey War Tunnels will open its doors for the first time for the entirety of Liberation Day. A grand celebration has been planned for the site and Occupation veterans will enjoy free entry.
The initiative has been designed to engage all generations in Liberation celebrations and mark this poignant day of remembrance. Individuals who lived in Jersey throughout the Occupation will be honoured with free entry. Children who visit the tunnels will be given hats and flags and will have the opportunity to take part in creative activities in The Nest Art Studio.
Anyone else who wishes to visit the tunnels on Liberation Day will be able to take advantage of a special Liberation offer where two people gain entry for the price of one.
The entire war tunnels site will be open including The Garden of Reflection, which details the men and women who lost their lives as a direct consequence of the Occupation.
The historical celebrations will continue in St Helier where members of the Jersey War Tunnels team will be hosting a stall at The Liberation Day Fair. The fair will be themed as a 1940’s street party. The Jersey War Tunnels will be selling replica 1940’s toys and medals, flags, hats and DVD’s.
Kathy Bechelet, Operations Manager, Jersey War Tunnels, commented:
‘We are delighted to be opening all day on Liberation Day for the first time and we hope the public will take advantage of this opportunity to visit the tunnels. It is incredibly important that we continue to celebrate Liberation Day to preserve history and educate the next generation. We are giving our full support to the day and hope to attract as many veterans who lived in Jersey during the Occupation along with their children and grandchildren – we’re going to make it a real family occasion.’