FIVE girls sang their hearts out and did veterans proud as they thrilled the crowds at Southsea Common.
The Poppy Girls evoked the camaraderie and heroism of D-Day with their beautiful harmonies.
Their performance ended with an emotional song with the lyrics, ‘Always and Forever, Remember Me’.
Charlotte Mellor, 17, Bethany Davey, 15, Alice Milburn, 14, Megan Adams, 10, and Florence Ransom, 10, were picked after a worldwide search for talent among forces families.
Florence, who lives in Clanfield, said: ‘It’s been an honour to perform in front of the veterans. It was very emotional.’
Alice, who attends Mayville High School and lives in Portsmouth, said: ‘It was so lovely to perform in front of a lot of people, especially the veterans.’
Afterwards the singers each gave a kiss on the cheek to 90-year-old Matthew Guymer MBE, who went over to Normandy on June 9, 1944.
He sat at the front of the audience and many people came to shake his hand.
Mr Guymer, from Haughton, Staffordshire, said he could remember D-Day like it was yesterday.
‘It’s a constant memory,’ he said.
‘You got back from the war and would wake up thinking of the horrors. Sometimes you would cry yourself to sleep.’
He added: ‘I don’t think any city could have done better with the commemorations.’
Father and son Mark and Callum Wallace, from Mortimer Road, Paulsgrove, came over to personally thank Mr Guymer.