Last Normandy pilgrimage for South Holland veterans

Normandy veterans Bernard Hale and Tony Blackman, with Rita Blackman, preparing for this year's pilgrimage. SG240514-123TW
Normandy veterans Bernard Hale and Tony Blackman, with Rita Blackman, preparing for this year's pilgrimage. SG240514-123TW
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Six veterans will be making the pilgrimage from South Holland to Normandy on Monday to lay wreaths for the fallen.

On what will be the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, the men and a coach load of friends and supporters will be laying 12 carnation wreaths on June 6.

It will be the final pilgrimage for the veterans, the youngest of whom is 88. This is also the 21st trip for Harold Payne, of the Anglia Motel at Fleet Hargate, who has organised the visits over the years as well as fundraising to pay for them.

The wreaths, designed as flags and made up of 7,000 carnations, will be on display at Anglia Motel at Fleet Hargate on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (10am to 9pm) so people can go and see them.

Any Normandy veteran who visits during the weekend will receive a special Remembrance medal to mark the 70th anniversary.