Carol Ann Duffy has written a poem especially for the moment, to be read by individuals, families and communities on the day.

Cllr Mary Penfold, West Dorset District Council’s portfolio holder for enabling, said: “We are pleased that our beautiful, historically significant coastline in Lyme Regis has been chosen to mark this event. It promises to be a moving and reflective occasion.”

Rifleman Kulbir Thapa VC

Kulbir Thapa was chosen for the sand portrait on Lyme Regis main beach.