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North East veterans take part in D-Day 70th anniversary commemorations

Normandy veteran Ken Scott, 98, from the Durham Light Infantry, leaves Bayeux Cathedral following a commemorative service to mark 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings during World War II. Photo credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Normandy veteran Ken Scott, 98, from the Durham Light Infantry, leaves Bayeux Cathedral following a commemorative service to mark 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings during World War II. Photo credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

NORTH East war veterans were among those who joined the Queen and world leaders on the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

Normandy veteran Ken Scott, 98, from the Durham Light Infantry, was at Bayeux Cathedral for a commemorative service to mark the World War II mission.

The Queen laid a wreath in Normandy to mark those who lost their lives.

She was joined by Prime Minister David Cameron and 400 Commonwealth veterans for the Royal British Legion service in Bayeux to honour the fallen.

During a solemn open air ceremony at the Commonwealth War Graves cemetery, the Last Post was followed by an emotional minute’s silence under sunshine and clear blue skies.

Moments after the Queen arrived, a fly-past of historic aircraft – two Spitfires, a Dakota and a Lancaster bomber – roared overhead as they flew in formation.

Earlier, a remembrance service took place in the cathedral, where biblical lessons were read and hymns sung.

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, on a three-day state visit to France, were joined by the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall for the commemorations.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Labour leader Ed Miliband and Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond were also among the congregation for the open-air service at the cemetery, as was Foreign Secretary William Hague and Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

US president Barack Obama paid tribute to his country’s sacrifices at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, where nearly 10,000 servicemen are buried and told D-Day veterans gathered above Omaha beach that their legacy is in good hands.

The Allied assault on June 6, 1944, was the largest amphibious operation in history and marked the start of an 80-day campaign to liberate Normandy.

Three million troops were involved and 250,000 lost their lives, but the end of the war was brought closer as the Nazi hold over western Europe began to crumble.

Documents revealing the secrets behind D-Day and the role of the Durham Light Infantry in the historic event are on display in Durham as the county record office has put together an exhibition to mark the anniversary.

Visitors can see the secret orders issued to the 6th Battalion Durham Light Infantry in the week before D-Day and the aerial photographs used to identify the landing area on Gold Beach.

Also on display are the top secret passwords which changed every hour and accounts of the day’s events from some of the men who were there.

Entitled D-Day and the DLI – 6 June 1944, the exhibition is in the Durham Room at County Hall until Friday.

The museum is open Saturday from 9am to 3pm, from 9am to 5pm on Monday to Thursday and 9am and 4.30pm on Friday.

More information is available at www.ww1countydurham.blogspot.co.uk.

 

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