Veterans awarded for helping out at Second World War museum

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THEY share their knowledge with thousands of people every year.

And now veterans volunteering at Southsea’s D-Day Museum have been honoured for their efforts.

L to R: Eddie Wallace, Harry Marrington, Edward Wray (in scooter),Lord Mayor Councillor Lynne Stagg,  Lord Mayoress Anne Taulbut ,  Mary Verrier, Gordon Dance, Jim Tuckwell (seated) and Frank Rosier. The veterans were awarded for their work and commitment to the D-Day Museum

L to R: Eddie Wallace, Harry Marrington, Edward Wray (in scooter),Lord Mayor Councillor Lynne Stagg, Lord Mayoress Anne Taulbut , Mary Verrier, Gordon Dance, Jim Tuckwell (seated) and Frank Rosier. The veterans were awarded for their work and commitment to the D-Day Museum

Seven members of the Portsmouth branch of the Normandy Veterans’ Association were given certificates for all their hard work and commitment.

The Lord Mayor, Councillor Lynne Stagg, went to the museum to present the Marsh Awards for Museum Learning.

Most of the veterans have spent more than 10 years talking to visitors to the museum and answering their questions.

For their efforts, they won the south east region award.

Andrew Whitmarsh, D-Day Museum development officer, said: ‘The award recognises what they’ve been doing because many have been coming to the museum during holidays and half-terms year after year talking to visitors about their experiences.

‘The award recognises all the time and energy they have put in, in terms of helping our visitors of the museum understand what happened on D-Day at that time.’

One of the those receiving a certificate was Jim Tuckwell.

The 90-year-old travels two to three times a week, from his home in Gosport, to the museum.

He was shot twice on D-Day and said people love hearing his stories.

He said: ‘Visitors like to ask us a lot of questions but also share their own experiences.

‘They find it interesting to hear what the war was like and what happened to us all.

‘The little kids find it hard to believe that we only got paid 10p a day.

‘But it’s nice to think that our hard work is recognised and I will look after this certificate.

‘It is lovely.’

Other veterans to win a certificate include Eddie Wallace, Harry Marrington, Edward Wray, Mary Verrier, Gordon Dance and Frank Rosier.

The veterans are available for people to speak to from Monday to Friday between 11am to 3pm.

Visitors are recommended to phone the museum beforehand to confirm the veterans will be there.

For more information visit ddaymuseum.co.uk or call the museum (023) 9282 7261.