D-Day 70: Getting in the swing

BOP Karen Lever, left, and Kerrie Bennetta in their 1940s costumes
BOP Karen Lever, left, and Kerrie Bennetta in their 1940s costumes
From left, Staff Sergeant Albie Annan and Corporal Luke Reynolds (170953-1)

‘Training has been tough but we are prepared’

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THE dance floor was packed as the first bandstand session of the year kicked off with a 1940s feel.

The lindy hop and swing afternoon brought to an end four days of celebrations commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

Music came from The Patriot Girls and The Memphis Belle Swing Band. Thousands of people made the most of the weather to bop in the sunlight.

Friends Karen Lever and Kerrie Bennetta dressed up in classic 1940s outfits to hit the dance floor.

Karen, 41, from Newtown, Portchester, said: ‘It’s so lovely to be part of something so special, and to live in this part of the world.

‘We have got so much to be grateful for for the sacrifices made so that we can celebrate today.

‘I think Portsmouth City Council has done us proud. My father has Parkinson’s and is very disabled. But I have even been able to bring him along to enjoy the events with no bother at all.

‘They have really done well for the veterans.’

Mark Mullaney, 40, said: ‘The whole thing has brought home how thankful we are to all those who fought and died fighting on D-Day.’