Fundraising songs are music to the ears of city’s D-Day Museum

The massed choir sing for the D-Day Museum CD
The massed choir sing for the D-Day Museum CD
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  • CD pays tribute to D-Day veterans who travelled from Portsmouth
  • Album will be raising much-needed cash for city’s D-Day Museum
  • Portsmouth South MP urges public to rally behind the fundraiser
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A POIGNANT CD paying tribute to the brave soldiers who left Portsmouth to join the D-Day invasion of France has gone on sale.

Hundreds of singers from across the city joined forces to record the fundraising album Heroes’ Tide.

Choirs taking part included Portsmouth Anglican Cathedral Choir, Portsmouth Choral Union, Portsmouth Military Wives’ Choir, MGC Choir and Solent Male Voice Choir.

The CD is backing the £4.8m campaign to transform the D-Day Museum in Southsea and is remembering those who fought in the Second World War.

Portsmouth South MP Flick Drummond is appealing for people in the city to get behind it.

‘It’s a great idea and I’m looking forward to buying the CD myself,’ she said.

‘It’s important we remember those people who fought so bravely for us and who died to protect our country.

‘So if a CD like this can help to preserve the D-Day Museum and the memory of all those who gave their lives for us, then I would certainly urge people to buy it.’

The disc features 13 choirs from across Portsmouth and was recorded at the Guildhall in September.

One of those involved in the effort was The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines (Portsmouth) musician James Dunlop, 26.

It’s so important we remember those people who fought so bravely for us and who died to protect our country.

Flick Drummond, Portsmouth South MP

James composed the title song, Heroes’ Tide, and said he hoped the tune would convey the ‘journey’ soldiers took from Portsmouth to the bombed beaches of France.

To gain inspiration for the song, James read a number of diaries from servicemen who fought during D-Day.

‘It’s been an honour and a privilege to take part in something like this,’ he added.

The album is part of an effort to raise £4.8m to 
totally transform the museum and capture the scale of the Normandy landings in 1944.

As part of the project, the attraction will reveal first-hand accounts of the men and women involved in the invasion. The project has already been given a £4m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Portsmouth City Council has also pledged money towards the scheme.

But a further £300,000 is still needed, which is where the Heroes’ Tide comes in.

The CD is on sale across the city, at the D-Day Museum, Portsmouth Museum, Dickens’ Birthplace Museum and Southsea Castle as well as libraries in Portsmouth, Cosham and Southsea.

It will be available at the Christmas at the Castle, Southsea Castle on December 11 and 13 and the Milton Glee Club Christmas Concert, at Guildhall on December 13.

For details on the project, see ddaymuseum.co.uk