THIS WEEK IN 1984: D-Day events under attack by pacifists

Portsmouth D-Day commemorations were condemned as an '˜offensive glorification of killing' by a pacifist group.

Wednesday, 25th April 2018, 7:00 am

David Ireland, of Copnor, a member of the Peace Pledge Union, was speaking after attending a city D-Day panel meeting where plans for parades, tree planting, and plays had been discussed.

‘What I find most worrying is the involvement of children in the celebrations – there are 700 taking part in a march.

‘It will give all Portsmouth children completely the wrong impression of what war really is.’

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Mr Ireland was also disturbed by the ‘profit motives’ governing the council in its considerations of how much money could be made out of any particular event.

He added: ‘Money should not be made out of the horror of war. Portsmouth is always looking backwards to past glories. Its economy is based on past ideas.’