D-Day memorial hall reopened in time to commemorate 75-year landmark

A D-Day memorial hall in the Winchester district has reopened following a revamp to modernise the facility.

The memorial hall in Priory Road, Southwick, benefited from £72,000 of Winchester City Council’s Fieldfare LEADER Local Action Group funding.

This meant the kitchen could be replaced, and the air conditioning and roof of the building have also been updated which has improved the eco-efficiency of the building.

The building is now fully ready for the 75th anniversary of D-Day this week. In Southwick on June 8 and 9 the entire village will revert to the 1940s to provide a nostalgic experience for residents and visitors, and the hall itself will be transformed into a vintage tea room.

Cabinet member for economy, Cllr Anne Weir, said:

“This is a fantastic use of LEADER funding, which not only ensures that this much-loved building is open in time to commemorate D-Day this week, but that the funding will also provide a long-term environmental benefit to the memorial hall.”