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Guernsey added to worldwide 'Liberation Route'

Guernsey added to worldwide 'Liberation Route'

Saturday 08 February 2020

Guernsey added to worldwide 'Liberation Route'


Locations in Guernsey, Herm, Sark and Alderney have been added to an international remembrance trail - 'The Liberation Route Europe'.

The route was formed in 2008 and now covers World War II points of interest over nine different countries including France, the Netherlands and the UK.

It is popular with 'remembrance tourists' living in Europe and the UK, as well as Canada and the USA.

Those following the route can do so digitally via a dedicated website and app. Visitors can use geolocations to navigate around and find out more information through written, pictorial, audio and video histories of the location's role in the liberation of Europe.

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Pictured: Visitors can download an app to follow the route.

"After over two years of hard work by the VisitGuernsey team, we are delighted that the islands of Guernsey have been accepted for membership of 'The Liberation Route Europe', said Director of Marketing & Tourism, Mike Hopkins. "This allows us to showcase the islands' unique occupation and liberation history to almost 400,000 Liberation Route website visitors and 28,000 social and app followers, all with an interest in WWII remembrance tourism.

"We also look forward to establishing new relationships with specialist European and North American tour operators via this prestigious network."

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Pictured: Castle Cornet is one of the WWII points of interest to make the list.

15 points of interest have been identified in the Bailiwick, including Castle Cornet, the White Rock Pier, L'Ancresse and Creux Harbour, along with museums.

Metal wall and floor vector emblems will be placed at each site, accompanied with a short overview of the location.

"Membership of the Liberation Route brings access to an international network of almost 300 members and partners, who are WWII heritage professionals," explained Acting Head of Heritage Services, Helen Glencross. "This presents a great opportunity for both the Heritage Services team and industry stakeholders to share knowledge, stories and best practice with like minded individuals, for the support and preservation of our islands' WWII heritage."

The islands' membership was launched at the Liberation Route Europe Annual Conference in Brussels earlier this week.

More information n the route is available here.

Pictured top: Image from visitguernsey.com.

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