Arena, the event solutions company, successfully supplied 13 bespoke structures, seating solutions and fencing and barriers for the D-Day 75 commemorations.

The Queen was joined by President Trump and Theresa May to honour the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, at the national commemorative event that took place at Southsea Common, June 5. Portsmouth, where much of the landing force sailed from in 1944, was the focal point of national commemorations for D-Day 75.

Several different structures were installed ranging from back of house crew catering to kitchens, medical and press tents as well as Royal and Ministry of Defence suites. The veterans were treated to a fitting tribute with Her Majesty the Queen in attendance along with President Trump, key heads of Government and the Ministry of Defence. VIP’s enjoyed lunch in the Arena facility and the head of state photoshoot was also held within one of the Arena structures.

More than 3,000 Samsonite chairs, 700 tiered seats, 172 VIP chairs for the royal box and several wheelchair positions were installed, as well as a roof covering and fencing and barriers for the commemorative event.

Bradley Merchant, project director of UK and Europe seating, commented: “We are really proud to be involved in this event which pays tribute to an important moment in our history. The commemorative event was especially sensitive, and we had to work around tight time constraints and a high level of security to get the structures and seating installed on time and to the highest of standards.  It was great to also work with the team at H Power Group again who we recently worked with to deliver seating for the Royal Windsor Horse Show.”