Councillor Roz Chadd, the Executive Member for Education and Skills at Hampshire County Council, said: “This is a very significant concert recognising the vital part played by the people of Gosport in the war effort and towards victory. I am delighted that pupils from local schools will be taking part in the performance and I am sure the memory of the event, and what it symbolises will stay with them for the rest of their lives. On behalf of the County Council and the community of Gosport, I would like to extend my thanks to my colleagues, and local members, Councillors Peter Edgar and Chris Carter for having the vision for a musical celebration of what is such a big part of local history.”
Gosport’s major part in the lead-up to D-Day is demonstrated in many ways. At Stokes Bay the component parts of the Mulberry Harbours were developed, tested and built. The Royal Navy Armament Depot at Priddy's Hard worked at full stretch for over two years to build up stocks of ammunition, rockets and mines. The Royal Clarence Victualling Hard supplied the enormous daily supplies of food for the D-Day fleet whilst it was assembling prior to D-Day. In Haslar Creek, HMS Hornet was the headquarters for the Motor Torpedo Boat Flotillas and some of the air cover for the invasion fleet was provided by the Royal Navy Air Station HMS Daedalus at Lee-on-the-Solent.
In addition, Gosport provided six embarkation points for the troops who left for D-Day. Four of these were at Stokes Bay, one at Hardway and one at Beach Street, near the Gosport Ferry Pontoon.
For more information about the concert and to buy tickets, go online to www.hants.gov.uk/shop and search for Gosport Remembers - D-Day 75.