Reading of The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society – Annie Barrows, the co-author of this best-selling novel, will be reading her favourite excerpt from the book, which was published in 2008. Set in 1946, the story follows a free-spirited journalist, who travels to Guernsey to find out more about the curiously named book club formed during the German Occupation. The book uncovers the fascinating history of Guernsey under German rule, its subsequent liberation and the resilience of the islanders over that time whilst following the protagonist's own love story.
Dan Snow talks with local experts – Broadcaster and historian Dan Snow has visited The Islands of Guernsey several times to explore the remnants of the German occupying forces left across the islands after Liberation. He will be interviewing Marco Ciotti, Chief of Staff to the current Lieutenant-Governor about a previous Governor of Guernsey during the immediate post-Occupation period, also showing some wartime mementos from Government House. Dan will also speak to the current Governor about what Liberation Day means to him and get an insight into his life as the Governor.
Wartime singalong with The Sofa Singers – The free and weekly singing sensation – The Sofa Singers – will be hosting a special wartime Guernsey-themed singalong, bringing people together from around the world for an hour of simultaneous singing. Participants register beforehand and prior to the session will receive the lyric sheet to two songs – the Guernsey anthem Sarnia Cherie, plus a classic song from WWII. To register: www.visitguernsey.com/sofa-sing-along
Interviews with veterans – Occupation survivor and author Molly Bihet and an Australian WWII veteran who was part of the Liberating Task Force will be interviewed on their experiences during this fascinating period of history for the Island.
Liberation Day commemorations – The annual events that take place every year on 9 May to mark the anniversary of the Liberation will take place in a slightly different manner this year. Since social distancing rules do not allow spectators at these events, they will be streamed at the planned times for viewers to commemorate the anniversary from home. This includes the laying of a wreath by the Bailiff (the head of the States of Guernsey) in St Peter Port; a church service; and a reading of the Queen's Speech by the Lieutenant-Governor of Guernsey – the representative of the British monarch in the Bailiwick of Guernsey.
Cooking demonstrations – Local chef Mike Pesrin from Guernsey restaurant, Octopus, will be showcasing a classic Occupation recipe but with a tasty contemporary twist for viewers to make at home as part of the commemorations. This dish will use only ingredients that would have been available to Islanders during the Occupation.
Preparing for an at-home Liberation tea party – In the week running up to Liberation Day, between 1 and 7 May, a daily activity will be suggested with online hints and tips for families to prepare for their own Liberation Day celebration at home. This will include creating a Union flag to put up in windows, knitting bunting, making artwork pebbles and designing a Liberation Day 75 flag with the Guernsey Arts Commission.
On Liberation Day itself, there will be a programme of music that householders can listen to in the background as they enjoy their own Liberation tea party (includes music from local bands, artists and choirs).
For more information on The Islands of Guernsey please visit www.visitguernsey.com