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Dunkirk 'little ship' destroyed in major fire

Vere rescued more than 300 soldiers from Dunkirk Credit: ADLS.ORG

A Dunkirk "little ship" was one of dozens of boats destroyed in a major fire at a boatyard on the Isle of Wight.

It broke out on Monday at an industrial unit in Medina Village in Cowes. The Vere was one of only 100 remaining vessels from the operation to rescue servicemen from French beaches during the Second World War. It was undergoing restoration work.

Seven fire engines from the island fought the blaze and four further appliances from Hampshire were brought in to assist.

Job losses at Dunkirk restoration project

The Medway Queen paddle steamer Credit: ITV Meridiian

The team working to restore the Medway Queen paddle steamer in Kent say they're looking for alternative sources of funding after job losses at the project. Between 10 and 12 of the 14 strong workforce will lose their jobs the end of December after funds from the Heritage Lottery Fund ran out.

The vessel was one of the "little ships" that helped rescue thousands of soldiers during the Dunkirk evacuations of World War II. It returned to Gillingham last week after exterior restoration work in Bristol was completed. But the vessel still has to be completely refitted internally.

Jubilee beckons for Dunkirk Little Ship

She's moored in a remote spot - her heroics almost forgotten. But now one of the Dunkirk Little Ships is getting ready for the Diamond Jubilee Pageant along the River Thames. New Britannic rescued British troops from the beaches of France in World War Two. Derek Johnson went to see her.

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