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D-Day veteran from Hull lands in the charts with his tribute track

Jim Radford - D-Day veteran from Hull Photo: ITV Calendar

A D-Day veteran from Hull who was just 15 years old when he landed in France is hoping to be top of the pops in time for next week's 75th anniversary.

Ninety year old Jim Radford, the youngest known D-Day veteran, was inspired to write the Shores of Normandy by his experiences during the war.

It was released last week and has already edged ahead of Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber's latest hit in the Amazon chart.

The military operation ultimately led to the end of the Second World War.

On D-Day - June the 6th, 1944 - more than 150,000 British, American and Canadian troops landed on the beaches of Normandy. Before the day was out, the Allies had suffered 10,000 casualties; almost four and half thousand were dead.

The British forces - including the 2nd East Yorkshire Regiment - concentrated their attack on Gold & Sword beaches, where they came under heavy fire from German gun batteries.

Many of the those who were killed are buried in the British cemetery at Hermanville-sur-Mer.

Jim Radford remembers D-Day Credit: ITV Calendar

As the years pass by I still recall the men I saw that day.

"The War ended and people don't get remembered. I wanted to remind people their names are going to be on this new memorial and they deserve to be remembered, respected and grieved for."

– Jim Radford - D-Day Veteran

Jim Radford from Hull, was a 15 year old merchant sailor, whose ship was in the front line on D-Day, buiilding the temporary Mulberry harbours that would help establish a bridgehead on Gold Beach.

The 90-year-old has written and released the song - the Shores of Normandy. ITV's Carolyn Simm has been to meet him.