Poppies dropped to remember D-Day

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The 50,000 men whose lives were lost during the D-Day landings were remembered with a poignant poppy drop into the sea at Hunstanton on Sunday.

Thousands of people went along to the town to support the 1940s day, which raised £2,500 for the Royal Anglian Benevolent Fund.

A pilot from Fenland Aero Club dropped the poppies but unfortunately arrived early and was 200 yards out due to a communications problem on the beach.

Organiser Harold Payne said: “It’s just like the beaches of Normandy. It’s been a wonderful weekend and it’s done the veterans proud.”

Highlights of the day also included a flypast by a Dakota, along with 35 military vehicles, including a tank.

Mr Payne will be running a free military and vintage vehicle rally at the Anglia Motel in Holbeach on Saturday and Sunday, July 5 and 6, when £11,000 will be presented to the fund.