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Harold Payne recently returned from a trip to the beaches and cemeteries of Normandy.
Harold has organised these trips for veterans and members of the public for over 20 years and his visit marked the 71st anniversary of the D-Day landings. As well as visits to key beaches and villages linked to the war, the group also visited the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial at Colleville-sur-mer and the Bayeux Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery, laying fresh flowers and poppy leaves at the graves.
At Ver-sur-mer, a guard of honour was held for Philip Milton, a veteran of the Hertfordshire Yeomanry and the D-Day landings, who passed away in January this year. Harold telephoned Philip’s wife from his mobile phone so that she could listen to the service from her home in Holbeach.
Harold thanked Morrison’s for all their help. Overall, Harold has raised £521,000 over the last 22 years to help fund the commemorative trips to the D-Day sites as well as to provide help for veterans. His focus now will be on schools and he has bought and equipped a mobile museum which is already visiting local schools; to book a visit please call the Anglia Motel on 01406 421666.
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