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THE group behind a failed bid to build a D-Day memorial are pressing on with plans to install interpretation boards about the war.

The Gosport D-Day Fellowship, which had wanted to create a memorial at Stokes Bay but was foiled by a conservation group, has submitted the board plans to Gosport’s council.

Each board will tell the story of the town’s role ahead of the D-Day landings in June 1944.

Under the current plans they will be placed at Stokes Bay promenade, near the Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service lifeboat station, Stokes Bay Road, Hardway, Beach Street, Falkland Gardens, near HMS Hornet and at Haslar.

The boards will have photographs, and the one at Hardway will explain the strengthening of the beach, dredging of the area and the laying of chocolate-like blocks.

It will also tell the story of German prisoners of war in Gosport. The application is due to be decided by March 25.