D-Day remembered 70 years on

World War Two veterans are commemorating the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

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D-Day veteran dies

D-Day veteran Roy Rowbotham Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Tributes have been paid to a D-Day Veteran who has died just days after returning from Normandy for the 70th anniversary.

Roy Rowbotham was one of the so-called magnificent seven from the York branch of the Normandy veterans association.


Full report: D-Day Normandy commemorations

Veterans of the campaign have been gathering in Normandy for a number of services to remember the thousands of their colleagues who were killed.

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall joined the Queen at a remembrance service at the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in Bayeux.

Also there were a group of veterans from our region. Our Correspondent Kenny Toal has been with them.

Street party to commemorate D-Day

People across the region have been marking the 70th anniversary of D-Day in their own way.

Residents of Dairy Lane Care home in Houghton-le-Spring held a street party to commemorate the historic day and to remember the bravery of the soldiers who took part in the invasion.

The residents had helped the staff to dress up in forties clothing and a local singer came along to sing songs from the same era.

Here is Jackie Toolan from the Dairy Lane Care Centre:


D-Day veterans remember

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall joined the Queen at a remembrance service at the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in Bayeux where they met with surviving D-Day veterans.

Among those are a group of veterans from North Yorkshire, including Ken Smith and Ken Cook from the Normandy Veterans Association:

D-Day secrets revealed by record office

Gold Beach, Normandy, France, the site of the 50th (Northumbrian) Division landing on D-Day, 6 June 1944. Credit: Durham County Record Office

Documents revealing the secrets behind D-Day and the role of the Durham Light Infantry in the historic event are on display in Durham.

Durham County Record Office has put together a small exhibition to mark the 70th anniversary of the Normandy Landings.

Visitors can see the secret orders issued to the 6th week before D-Day and the aerial photographs used to identify the landing area on Gold

Also on display are the top secret passwords which changed every hour and accounts of the day’s events from some of the men who were there.

Entitled D-Day and the DLI – 6 June 1944, the exhibition is in the Durham Room at County Hall until Friday, 13 June.

Sedgefield remembers

Veterans and school children in Normandy Credit: ITV

People have gathered in Sedgefield for the D-Day Commemorative Service. It is 70 years since the D-Day landings. The service was held at the War Memorial on the Green. There has been songs and poems from Sedgefield Primary School and a wreath laying.

School children read poems Credit: ITV
D-Day service Credit: ITV
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