Pipers follow D-Day footsteps

TRIBUTE Legendary piper Bill Millin
TRIBUTE Legendary piper Bill Millin
HMS Queen Elizabeth sailing back into Portsmouth

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A HAMPSHIRE pipe band will follow in the footsteps of legendary piper Bill Millin, who led Allied forces into battle in the 1944 D-Day landings.

The St Andrews Pipe Band will be joining 500 Pipes and Drums from around the world in marching on Normandy’s Sword Beach, where Piper Millin famously led Lord Lovat and the heroic 1st Special Service Brigade on to the beaches.

Bill Millin died on August 17 last year aged 88 in Devon. The commemorative march on June 4 has been organised to help raise the 64,000 euros needed to erect a statue of Piper Millin at Colleville-Montgomery, a town near Sword Beach.

The St Andrews Pipe Band is based in Hamble, from where Piper Millin and Lord Lovat set out in their landing craft in June 1944. Millin reportedly played the pipes on board the craft as it sailed out of the Solent on its way to France, which the pipe band members aim to replicate on their Brittany Ferry crossing.