Chris Evans to give D-Day broadcast

Congleton Guardian: Chris Evans will broadcast live from the Normandy beaches Chris Evans will broadcast live from the Normandy beaches

Radio 2 Breakfast Show host Chris Evans will broadcast live from the Normandy beaches on the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

The show is part of the BBC's coverage of the anniversary of the June 6 attack which saw more than 156,000 Allied troops storm the beaches of France in 1944.

In the week leading up to the anniversary, Sophie Raworth will present four shows featuring testimony from veterans who crossed the channel that day and the memories of local people who witnessed the invasion.

Huw Edwards will present the BBC's coverage on the day itself when surviving veterans, now in their 80s and 90s, travel to Normandy to take part in a memorial service.

A service of remembrance will also be broadcast live from Bayeux Cemetery

The BBC's Director of Television Danny Cohen said: "We all owe so much to the brave servicemen and women who took part in the D-Day campaign and it is a privilege to commemorate and mark this incredibly important anniversary with a range of programming across BBC TV, radio and online."

Evans' Radio 2 colleague Jeremy Vine will present his show from HMS Belfast which took part in the operation but is now safely moored on the River Thames.

He is also hosting a special concert from the Royal Albert Hall with Dermot O'Leary and Louise Minchin that will feature performances by the BBC Concert Orchestra and singer Seth Lakeman who served at D-Day.

There will also be documentaries, radio dramas and online coverage exploring key moments and what would have happened if the invasion had failed.

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