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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.

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Region's veterans gather in Normandy for poignant D-Day commemorations

Veterans from our region are among the thousands of ex-servicemen, world leaders and royalty who have gathered along the Normandy coast for a day of services to mark 70 years since the D-Day invasion.

The 6th June 1944 assault on Nazi strongholds in Northern France is often attributed as one of the most significant turning points of the Second World War, as Hitler's forces began to be gradually pushed back into Germany.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News' David Wood, who's spent the day in Normandy with some of the veterans from the Anglia region.

D-Day in June 1944 was the largest amphibious assault ever launched.

More than 80,000 British and Canadian troops took part in the invasion on the beaches alongside United States Forces, in an Allied force of more than 150,000.

Another 23,400 British troops were landed by air. Supporting the invasion were more than 7,000 ships off the coast and 11,000 aircraft.

In total, there were 4,300 British and Commonwealth casualties killed, wounded or missing on D-Day.

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The Anglia region turns out to commemorate 70 years since D-Day

Every village, every town, every community in our region is aware of the sacrifice made in the two great wars of the 20th century.

Across the Anglia region and beyond, one of the most significant moments of either war has been commemorated with services to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day, when allied troops landed in northern France to begin their assault on Nazi-controlled Europe.

Click below to watch a report by ITV Anglia's Malcolm Robertson

D-Day marked by moving ceremony in Peterborough

The 70 years since the D-Day landings began have been marked with a city centre ceremony in Peterborough.

There was a two-minute silence and the Last Post was sounded as veterans gathered by the war memorial.

The Mayor led the moving ceremony which was attended by representatives of the Royal Anglian Regiment Association and the RAF Regiment Association.

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