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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.

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.’

 

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