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Cumbria WW2 veteran awarded Legion d'Honneur

Jack MacDowall being presented with the Legion d'Honneur Credit: ITV Border

A Cumbrian World War Two veteran has been presented with one of France's top military awards in honour of his part in liberating the country from the Germans in the 1940s.

Jack MacDowall from Carlisle was presented with the Legion D'honneur by the city's mayor at the civic centre yesterday

Jack MacDowall Credit: ITV Border

Oh it means a lot. Aye. It just shows how the french people appreciate what happened, being liberated.

– Jack MacDowall


WATCH: replica gift for Cumbrian Bomber Command veteran

A ninety-three-year-old Bomber Command veteran from Cumbria has been presented with the replica of a Second World War pilot's flying pencil.

Douglas Newham holds the Distinguished Flying Cross.

He was given the gift by the Derwent Cumberland Pencil Company as part of celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of the end of the war.

WW2 flare washed up near Stranraer

Police Scotland. Credit: ITV News

A phosphorous flare, that's thought to date back to the Second World War, has been washed up near Stranraer.

It was found on the shores of Loch Ryan, a few miles from the town.

Police Scotland have reassured the public that experts have been brought in, and there is now "no danger to the public".

But they've warned people to be wary of other objects they might find:

The device has been dealt with and there is no danger to the public. However, please be aware when walking along the coastline should any similar devices be found.

The devices will not explode, but it will burn at high temperatures and emit toxic fumes.

If such a device is found, please do not touch it, and contact local Police as soon as possible with its location."

– Police Scotland

The flare is between six and eight inches in length, 2 inches in diameter, and is described as cylindrical, rusty and resembling a dog bone.

Hundreds of similar devices have been washed up on the North Channel and Galloway coastline over the past 20 years.

They're believed to come from the Beaufort's Dyke, a munitions dump in the North Channel.

The sea trench stretches for 60km between Scotland and Northern Ireland, and thousands of tons of explosives, shells, rockets, bombs and incendiary devices were buried there after the Second World War.

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