TWO MAJOR events in World War Two history will be recreated in Benidorm this weekend.
MORE than 200 members of the Codex Belix historical group will re-enact the historic Normandy D-Day landings as part of three day festival on the town’s Poniente beach.
A preview to the festival will be held outside Benidorm Town Hall at 17.00h on Thursday June 15, with the opening of an exhibition on the cultural history of the anniversary of the Normandy Landings.
The actual festival, starting on Friday June 16, will showcase period military vehicles, costumes, memorabilia and 1940’s music in a series of scenarios, concerts and event recreations, centred around the Parque d’Elche area of the town.
At 18.30h, a parade of military vehicles relating to WW2, will drive through the streets of the town.
On Saturday 17 at 19.00h, a re-enactment of The D-Day landings, using a 12 metre boat from the era, helicopters, parachutes, plus special effects and over 200 military personnel will take place on Poniente Beach.
Later on in the evening at midnight a spectacular, cinematic style , sound and light show, will illuminate the skies above the old town of Benidorm.
This will be followed on Sunday 18 at 13.00h by Operation Avalanche Salerno, a re-enactment of the allied troops entering into Italy in 1943 again using military vehicles, parachutes and equipment from the era.
Throughout the event, food and drink stands plus memorabilia stalls and members wearing vintage clothing, will mingle with festival goers.
Equipment and parachute displays will be featured and period swing music will be performed by The Red Velvets, and Dr Bogarde,to help to create the unique wartime atmosphere.
Details of the weekend events can be found at the website www.codexbelix.es