Friends are joined for D-Day pilgrimage in Pinchbeck

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As war veterans from South Holland joined others from around the world to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, a special pilgrimage was taking place in Pinchbeck

D-Day veteran Ray Smith, who is 90 this year, was pushed in his wheelchair from the Brun Lea Care Home in Surfleet Road to the cenotaph in the village by his friend and neighbour, James Gay (70).

The local branch of the Royal British Legion saw the article in the Spalding Guardian about the friends and arranged to do the Act of Homage, with Baptist Minister the Rev Tony Kinnersely saying prayers.

Children from Pinchbeck School also went along and laid poppy crosses and took a wreath for Mr Smith to lay.

Mr Kinnersley’s wife, Nancy, read a poem. The Last Post. She said: “When the British Legion saw the story they thought they must do something. It was very moving.”