Dunkirk's little ships in Chatham - almost 80 years since Operation Dynamo

Fifteen of the remaining Dunkirk little ships are moored in Chatham Credit: ITV

Fifteen of the little ships that helped rescue thousands of British troops from France in the Second World War have returned to Kent.

They were among 700 private boats that took part in the evacuation in May 1940 - when allied soldiers had retreated to the beaches at Dunkirk.

The Admiralty commandeered the small private boats and many set sail from Kent and along the south coast, to pick up men from the shallow waters the navy ships couldn't reach.

Ian Gilbert's boat, Lady Lou, was among the little ships that helped with the rescue. He's brought her along to Chatham this weekend:

Abigail Bracken has been to Chatham to see the little ships. She also spoke to the owner of the Hilfranor, Simon Palmer.