Celebrate the Liberationof the ChannelIslands with Condor Ferries


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This weekend the Channel Islands will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Islands’ liberation at the end of the war in Europe with a full weekend of events and activities.

Celebrate the Liberation of the Channel Islands with Condor Ferries.

This weekend the Channel Islands will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Islands’ liberation at the end of the war in Europe. With a full weekend of events and activities across both Guernsey and Jersey, visitors will be able join in the celebrations and find out more about the wartime experiences of the Islands which were the only places in the British Isles to be occupied by Nazi Germany during World War II.  

The Channel Islands were occupied for almost five years up until 9th May 1945 (the day after VE Day) when the German forces in both islands finally surrendered to a Task Force sent to liberate them. The Channel Islands’ liberation is an important part of their heritage and visitors not lucky enough to join in the celebrations on Saturday can still explore the Islands’ rich history whenever they visit.

From the War Tunnels and Occupation Museum in Jersey, St Peter Port’s Castle Cornet in Guernsey, as well as a number of heritage walk trails, visitors can learn all about the Islands’ rich heritage and history throughout the year. Located just three hours from the UK, the Channel Islands are the ideal destination for a weekend break or day trip getaway – and with Condor Ferries fast ferry sailings running throughout the year from Poole, visitors can be soaking up the Islands rich history in no time.  

Earlier this year, Condor Ferries introduced its new £50 million state-of-the-art new ferry, Condor Liberation into service which was named by Channel Islanders in honour of the 70th anniversary of their Liberation.  

Alicia Andrews, Executive Director - Commercial at Condor Ferries, commented: 

“Condor Ferries was founded in the Channel Islands more than 50 years ago; we are proud to have kept our Islands connected and supplied for so many years and to have deep roots with both the Guernsey and Jersey. The legacy of the occupation is still very evident throughout the Islands today with numerous historic installations in both Islands that you can visit. 

“We’re proud that we have been able to mark this important anniversary in a small way with the name of our brand new ship, Condor Liberation, and we hope to welcome many passengers onboard this summer who want to find out more about these fascinating Islands.” 

Watch Condor Ferries Liberation Day video shot on 9th May 2014 which gives a flavour of the celebrations planned to mark the 70th anniversary of the Channel Islands’ liberation  HYPERLINK "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6IvhKNF_wI" here. 

All journeys to the Channel Islands from Poole are onboard on Condor Liberation, offering improved reliability, increased capacity, and a much greater level of comfort with smoother journeys. The new ship represents £50m of investment in the Channel Islands, securing the future of high speed ferry travel to the Islands. 

To find out more and to book tickets, please visit www.condorferries.com.


Issued on behalf of Condor Ferries by McKenna Townsend 

For further information please contact Rachel Hadfield or Mel Bradley on 01425 472330 or email condor@mckennatownsend.com