Hayling Island memorial is moved into place

IN PROGRESS The Combine Operations Pilotage Parties is moved into place. Picture: Malcolm Wells
IN PROGRESS The Combine Operations Pilotage Parties is moved into place. Picture: Malcolm Wells
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IT’S taken two years of hard work, planning and fundraising but it’s finally in place.

An 11 ton granite memorial to the elite, secret team who saved the lives of thousands of allied soldiers in World War Two is now in place on Hayling seafront.

The Combine Operations Pilotage Parties, a team of crack commandos, were based on the island, and they surveyed the beaches of France ahead of the allied landings.

It was the vision of Hayling historian Robin Walton to create a permanent memorial to the Coppists and this morning the 17ft stone was finally set in place as delighted well wishers looked on.

It was brought to the island from A Duchy of Cornwall quarry by four soldiers from 24 Regiment Royal Artillery.