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Sheppey Clock Tower to light up Sheerness High Street for D-Day and other major anniversaries and celebrations

A town will be glowing with pride and remembrance as its iconic clock tower unveils a dazzling new light display, starting with the anniversary of the D-Day landings.

The Sheppey landmark will now light up Sheerness High Street in a range of colours to commemorate significant local and national events.

Sheerness Clock Tower lit up red. Picture: SBC
Sheerness Clock Tower lit up red. Picture: SBC

Today it will be lit up red, white and blue to mark the D-Day landings anniversary, acting as a reminder of the sacrifices made during the Second World War.

The clock tower will mark key dates, from celebrating the King's birthday, to honoring those lost in naval tragedies like the sinkings of HMS Princess Irene, HMS Bulwark, HMS Truculent and SS Richard Montgomery.

The schedule of illumination includes tributes to historic events like Remembrance Day and the first circular flight by an Englishman in a British-built plane, which took place in Eastchurch.

It will also acknowledge modern-day concerns, marking World Polio Day, International Women's Day, Pride, and showing solidarity with Ukraine by glowing in blue and yellow.

Following the Queen’s passing the schedule needed to be updated to celebrate the King Charles’ birthday and, during this process, the council added more dates of importance to the schedule.

When not commemorating significant occasions, the tower will be lit with white lights half an hour before dusk until midnight every day.

Tomorrow it will be red for British Heart Week, it will be red, white and blue again for the King’s birthday on June 15, on June 22 it’ll be yellow for a Day of Reflection, it’ll be green on June 25 for Armed Forces Day and on June 29 it will be lit up in a rainbow formation for Pride.

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