Sheffield D-Day veterans’ tribute to comrades

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The roar of a Dakota, a Lancaster bomber and a Spitfire split the skies above Normandy yesterday as Sheffield veterans attended a sun-soaked ceremony in tribute to their D-Day comrades.

Today 11 veterans from South Yorkshire will be among 650 from around Great Britain attending international commemorations in front of heads of state, including the Queen and US President Barack Obama, from 17 countries.

Bert holmshaw at Colleville Montgomery
Bert holmshaw at Colleville Montgomery

But yesterday they were among hundreds who packed into a tiny field in the town of Colleville-Montgomery - renamed in honour of their charismatic leader Field Marshal Montgomery who led the troops in Normandy - for an open air church service.

 

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