D-Day memorial planned for Gosport

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D-DAY commemorations in Gosport could start off with a bang if plans to bring a wartime gun to the town are successful.

Councillors hope to install a 25-pounder gun on the green at the slipway, off Priory Road, Hardway.

Cllr Peter Langdon and Cllr Roger Allen ''Both standing at the green in Hardway where the D-Day memorial will be installed.

Cllr Peter Langdon and Cllr Roger Allen ''Both standing at the green in Hardway where the D-Day memorial will be installed.

Cllr Roger Allen and Cllr Peter Langdon, members for Hardway ward at the borough council are keen to see Gosport’s role marked.

The site is just across from Moby House, in Priory Road, which was the control station co-ordinating the D-Day activities in the area in 1944.

Cllr Allen said: ‘During the lead-up to the D-Day landings, the foreshore was hardened here.

‘It was all done to accommodate the landing craft tanks that were coming in here to be loaded with troops, equipment and ammunition.

‘What is on offer at the moment is a 25-pounder gun, which was used extensively when we invaded the continent.’

Yesterday Cllr Allen and Cllr Langdon met the council’s chief executive and top officers to discuss the plans, which could see the area completely renovated.

Cllr Allen said if all goes ahead, the gun will be on permanent loan from the Royal Armouries.

He added the council will be looking to get funding from Hampshire County Council and other sources.

The cost of the project has yet to be revealed.

Nigel Hosier is the operations manager at Fort Nelson Royal Armouries, on Portsdown Hill, which could provide the gun. He said: ‘It’s nice that Gosport is being able to recognise its role.

‘The gun would make a very appropriate and effective centrepiece.’

The plans are not finished but officers hope it will be done by the 70th anniversary.

Cllr Langdon added: ‘It’s the recognition of people who gave their lives to enable people to enjoy life today.’