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Dunkirk lifeboat journeys back to France

A wooden lifeboat which took part in the evacuation of troops from Dunkirk in the Second World War has begun retracing her journey to France 75 years ago.

The 35ft Lucy Lavers Credit: ITV News Anglia

The 35ft Lucy Lavers was completed in 1940. Her first rescue was as part of the Dunkirk Evacuation - code-named Operation Dynamo - in May that year. A convoy consisting of all manner of boats, including yachts, ferries, and barges made the journey across the English Channel, to rescue beleaguered troops from northern France.

Now the Lucy Lavers is taking part in the 75th anniversary commemorations of the Evacuation, visiting towns along the East Coast. Today she is due to stop in Aldeburgh.

Her final UK stop will be in Ramsgate in east Kent, where she will join a flotilla of other little ships to cross the channel to Dunkirk once more.

  1. Kate Prout

Restoration of historic boat

One of Dunkirk Little Ships is being restored in a North Norfolk boatyard. The Lucy Lavers is looking a lot healthier these days and is now part of a new visitor centre at Stiffkey near Wells.

Originally built as the Aldeburgh lifeboat in 1940 her first mission was as part of the Dunkirk rescue flotilla in the Second World War. After that she went on to save even more lives as lifeboat for Sheringham and Wells.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Kate Prout


  1. Emily Knight

Suffolk memorial for Dunkirk veterans

A memorial bench has been unveiled in Bury St Edmunds to remember Dunkirk veterans.

93-year-old George Emmett from the Royal British Legion in Bury St Edmunds was chosen to cut the ribbon in a special opening ceremony. Mr Emmett is thought to be the last known survivor of Dunkirk in the town.

The new bench is in the Appleby Rose Gardens and replaces an older one that became damaged. The original was purchased back in 2000 with funds from the Dunkirk Veterans Association.

Now St Edmundsbury Council and an anonymous benefactor have kindly donated the new bench.