Lighting a Beacon of Peace for the D-Day 80th anniversary

June 6th, 2024 marks the 80th anniversary of D-Day and will see a number of events hosted throughout the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories. It is a significant occasion to commemorate the sacrifices made, and celebrate the years of peace which have resulted from those tremendous efforts.

Lighting a beacon: what should I know?

Councils and communities have been invited to participate in the D-Day anniversary by lighting a Beacon. It is a fantastic opportunity to bring people together, but also comes with its own set of risks. In light of this we’re here to offer a few tips to stay safe during the event.


If you organise a firework display or bonfire/beacon, you must:

1. Consult the relevant authorities at least seven days before the event

2. Comply with any recommendations or instructions of:

     a. the relevant authorities

     b. fireworks manufacturers.

3. Organise the event in accordance with the latest guidance from the Health and Safety Executive, in particular:

    a. storing fireworks in a safe manner

    b. keeping spectators a safe distance away from the display and bonfire

    c. providing an adequate number of marshals or stewards to control spectators

   d. having available means of extinguishing a fire

   e. providing sufficient first aiders.

4. Obtain fireworks from a reputable manufacturer

5. Not modify or adapt fireworks

6. ensure the display and bonfire is at least 20 metres away from premises or vehicles which you do not own, hire or rent or any flammable or other dangerous materials.


How else can I get involved?

From lamps to fish and chips, there are many ways to take part in the D-Day anniversary. For more information on what’s going on, and how to get involved, refer to the dedicated D-Day 80 Anniversary guide or website.


Contact us

For further guidance on preparing for the D-Day anniversary, contact our Clear Councils risk management and insurance specialists via 0330 013 0036 or


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