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D-Day: 70th anniversary commemorations revealed

by Richard Jones

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.


Pensioner tells Brad Pitt 'I didn't have a clue who you were'

Brad Pitt Credit: PA

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.

Police leads after D-Day museum burglary

Police are following several leads to find suspects linked to a burglary at the D-Day Museum in Southsea.

Officers were called shortly before 1am this morning to the building on Clarence Esplanade.

A concrete block had been used to break a window before a box containing charity donations was stolen. Two men were seen near the museum at the time.

The first was described as white, 5 ft 6 to 5 ft 7 ins tall, aged in his 20s skinny build and wearing dark clothing

The second was described as white, aged in his 20s, skinny build, wearing dark clothing.

It's believed the men left the scene in a small red hatchback car. Police are making a range of enquiries to trace this vehicle.


Vandals stop museum revamp

The D-Day Museum in Southsea Credit: Wikipedia

Vandals have targeted a Hampshire museum dedicated to commemorating the D-Daylandings, as it prepared to reopen following a revamp.

The D-Day Museum in Southsea has had to cancel its relaunch, which was due to be attended by veterans, following the break-in. Poppy Appeal cash was also stolen.

Lee Hunt, from Portsmouth City Council, said: "It's horrendous to report but the spectacular, brand new frontage has been smashed, and Poppy Appeal donation money stolen.

"It looks as though something like a breeze block has been thrown at the window to gain access and money from donations stolen.

"This is really upsetting for everyone involved getting the museum ready in time for half-term and for Remembrance Day.

"But this will not deter us. We'll repair the damage, we'll do everything we can to catch those responsible, and we will have our fantastic opening as soon as possible."


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