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D-Day landings remembered at King’s Lynn service

D-Day anniversary wreath-laying ceremony at the War Memorial in Tower Gardens, Lynn. Veterans ,mostly from the Korean War, gather after the ceremony. ANL-140606-135458009

D-Day anniversary wreath-laying ceremony at the War Memorial in Tower Gardens, Lynn. Veterans ,mostly from the Korean War, gather after the ceremony. ANL-140606-135458009

Veterans’ charities and former servicemen have led Lynn’s commemorations of the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

As world leaders gathered on the Normandy coast to mark the milestone on Friday, a wreath-laying service was also held at the town’s war memorial in Tower Gardens.

Around 30 people, including West Norfolk Council leader Nick Daubney, attended the service, which was organised by the town’s branch of the Royal British Legion.

And the branch’s chairman, David Norman, said it was a moment for sombre reflection about the sacrifices that were made by so many seven decades ago.

He said: “We’re remembering those people who gave their lives to free Europe. Some people say it’s a celebration. I say it’s commemoration.

Although no D-Day veterans were present at the service, a number of former servicemen, who are members of the West Norfolk branch of the British Korean Veterans Association, were among those gathered to pay their respects.

One of them, Derek Dare, was only 10 when the Allies launched the invasion on June 6, 1944.

He said: “We could hear the planes constantly going overhead heading for France, and it was a constant stream of them that lasted for days.

“We didn’t know what it was for at the time until we heard it on the radio.”

Bernard Barker, recalled serving alongside some D-Day veterans during his time with the 1st Royal Tank Regiment during the Korean War in the early 1950s.

And Kenneth Jones said: “We remember fellow soldiers in other wars because comradeship is important to us and the British army. No matter which war you fought in, and whether you were infantry, engineer, or officer we are all friends.”

As well as the poppy wreaths laid, other floral tributes were left at the base of the memorial.

 

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