D-Day 70: Guests come from afar to Portsmouth

(left to right), D Day veterans Arthur Bailey, and Andrew Bramley.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves

(left to right), D Day veterans Arthur Bailey, and Andrew Bramley.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves

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EYES across the world were turned to Portsmouth and its ceremony.

Guests from all corners of the world and from all over the UK made a trip to see the commemorations and pay their respects to those who fought to save our country.

Brigadier Sandeepan Handa, the Indian Military Adviser, was representing his country.

Brig Handa said: ‘It is a privilege to be part of the ceremony as it is very significant part of military history globally.

‘It is a special occasion and one we must remember.’

Commander Brett Westcott, who is in the Royal Australian Navy, was equally proud to be representing his country.

Cmdr Westcott received a Commendation from the Chief of the Australian Defence Force for outstanding leadership following an explosion at sea in April 2009 near Ashmore Island.

He is currently based at Royal Navy base HMS Collingwood, in Fareham.

He said: ‘I am here to remember those who have gone before us and their sacrifices.

‘Australia played a small part, but I am here to recognise the efforts of Britain and her allies.’

Many of the veterans and their families had also travelled from far and wide for the occasion.

Click here for details of the 70th anniversary supplement published by The News to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day

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