The 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings will be marked with a Red Arrows display and gathering of veterans in Portsmouth in June.
Today it was announced that the city will play a key part in events to remember the sacrifices and bravery of the servicemen during the Second World War. Many thousands of the combatants embarked from ports along the south coast. Richard Jones has this report.
When 90 year old Peter Comfort took a phone call from a Hollywood superstar, he wasn't in the slightest bit starstruck at all.
But then, Mr Comfort, from Ripple near Deal, admits he had no idea who this "Brad Pitt" fellow actually was.
"I said to him, I didn't have a clue who you were, and then I Googled you and you've been in quite a lot of films," Mr Comfort said after meeting Pitt, who was seeking advice on a film he was making about the landings.
VIDEO: It was supposed to be a day to pay tribute to soldiers who fought in the Second World War, but it's been ruined by vandals. They smashed their way into a newly refurbished museum dedicated to the D-Day landings - in a bid to steal a collection tin. Malcolm Shaw reports.