D-Day 70: Veterans parade in Southsea

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A VETERANS’ parade has taken place through Southsea to mark 70 years since the D-Day invasion.

The parade ran from the D-Day Memorial Stone along the seafront, past the D-Day museum and the statue of Field Marshal Viscount Montgomery to Southsea Common.

Veterans parade in Southsea

Veterans parade in Southsea

People lined the streets to watch the parade, which was led by a pipe band.

It followed a memorial service to commemorate those who died in the Normandy campaign.

Robert Johnson, 83, travelled to Portsmouth from Lispurn in Northern Ireland with his wife Elizabeth.

He said: ‘It’s been very good. We have friends in the services ourselves. So we thought we would come and pay our respects.

‘I’m old enough to remember the outbreak of war.

‘So I wanted to be here to remember everything. It brings it all back.’