Veterans make their way back to France for D-Day events

Members of Harold Payne's veterans group
Members of Harold Payne's veterans group

Representatives from Spalding’s community radio station joined local veterans in France last week, attending events held to mark the 72nd anniversary of the D-Day landings.

Jan Whitbourn and Chris Carter of Tulip Radio travelled to France with Harold Payne’s Anglia Motel Veterans group.

All the veterans were over 90 years-oldand Jan said: “Whatever the popular view of the French people’s opinion of the British, on occasions such as this, it is very apparent that the French continue to demonstrate a genuine affection towards those who helped to liberate their country, 72 years ago.

“Everywhere I went people still rushed over to kiss veterans and schoolchildren engage them earnestly in conversation, eager for their reminiscences.

“Although a much more low-key event this year, many people still made the pilgrimage, from all over Europe, eager to honour the sacrifices made on our behalf, all those years ago.”

Jan added: “It was once again a real pleasure to meet and be recognised by John Millin and his wife/

“John is the son of piper, Bill Millin, who was Brigadier Lord Lovat’s personal piper, and who was inspirational in piping ashore the Royal Marine Commando’s on Sword Beach.

“It was also wonderful to see Bill Millin’s grandson carrying on the tradition by piping a lament adjacent to Pegasus Bridge on the bow of a war time motor gun boat.

“Tulip Radio remains committed to our Armed Forces Community Covenant commitment by remembering such brave deeds and it was such a privilege to be part of it.”