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D-Day veterans to lay wreaths in Normandy

Stradbroke and District Royal British Legion Branch member Alan King (left) and branch president Ted Bootle, pictured with the wreath they will be taking to Normandy in June to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. Picture: Contributed. ANL-141104-160707001

Stradbroke and District Royal British Legion Branch member Alan King (left) and branch president Ted Bootle, pictured with the wreath they will be taking to Normandy in June to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. Picture: Contributed. ANL-141104-160707001

Two veterans are set to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings by laying wreaths in Normandy today.

Alan King and Ted Bootle, Stradbroke and District Royal British Legion member and branch president respectively, left the country yesterday to take the trip across the Channel.

Both members of the Norfolk Normandy Veterans and aged 90, they landed on Sword Beach on June 6, 1944.

They are joined by Mr King’s daughter, and standard bearer and welfare officer of the branch, Joyce Cooper.

Hoxne are commemorating the 70th anniversary with a showing of the D-Day film The Longest Day on Sunday, June 8 in the village hall.

Organised by the St Edmund’s Hall Committee, all proceeds are being donated to the RBL, with a representative also attending to say a few words about the work of the Legion and to run a raffle.

Dress of wartime costume is also welcome.

Doors open at 1.30pm with a start time of 2pm. Tickets, priced at £3.50, are available from Hoxne Post Office and Stores, or by calling 01379 668060.

Tea and cake will be on sale, as well as choc ices and popcorn from the bar.

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