Alderney’s flag is flying high in Whitehall today, to commemorate the return of the Island’s population after the Second World War.
The whole of the Island’s population was evacuated from Alderney in 1940 and were only able to return in December 1945. This day has come to be commemorated as Homecoming Day, and it is a public holiday in Alderney.
AY News has received the following message from Lord Wolfson, the UK Government Minister with responsibility for the Crown Dependencies which is being published on his personal Twitter feed.
“The Ministry of Justice is today flying Alderney’s flag to mark the Island’s Homecoming Day. The UK’s relationship with Alderney is a valuable and historic one and I am glad to be able to commemorate this important day for the island.”
The official statement from Ministry of Justice reads:
“The [Alderney] flag flies high today at MoJ HQ on the 76th anniversary of Homecoming Day, where the first group of islanders returned home after being evacuated during World War II. A moving moment that reflects on the historic relationship between the UK and Alderney.”
President Tate remarked “It is comforting to know that our relationship with the Crown is highly valued and that our important anniversary is highlighted on the 15th of December”