There is one hill which it is great to be over – Portsdown

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Sometimes there’s a good side to being over the hill, and that’s when the hill in question is Portsdown, the area where idyllic villages can be found nestling.

I’m talking Tudor cottages, thatched roofs, roses around doors, pubs which shut for half the day (they’re not commercialised, which is both a boon and a bind).

One such village (and indeed pub) is Southwick, home of Southwick House where the D-Day invasion was planned and launched by Montgomery and Eisenhower.

I believe there is a great weekend planned for the 70-year anniversary next weekend, including dancing, bunting and visits to the war room where Operation Overlord came to fruition.

Let’s hope that the fab-looking pubs open up for those days.