UPDATED: Operation oversight: council fails to organise events to mark 70th anniversary of D-Day

Phil Carey

Stanley Hartill

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D-DAY veterans have voiced their disgust that Bournemouth will not be honouring the 70th anniversary of their heroism on the Normandy beaches.

Bournemouth council has not organised any events for veterans or any commemorations.

Poole initially told the Daily Echo it was holding a series of “artist-led events”, but its mayor has since contacted the Daily Echo to point out it is holding several commemorations.

However, the mayor will be welcoming two Americans who are visiting the town to retrace their movements of 70 years ago.

Stanley Hartill, 93, of Bournemouth, who served with RAF Servicing Commando in Normandy, said: “I’m disgusted to think that they haven’t honoured the people who helped to save our country so many years ago.

“If you imagine what would have happened if the Germans had pushed us back into the sea and we had lost, that would have been the end. We would have lost the war and you would have jackboots and swastikas all around Bournemouth.”

He said he had been told that the council was marking the centenary of the First World War.

“I said: ‘They’ve all gone. There aren’t many of us left from World War Two and I would have thought you would have looked after us at the same time.”

Portsmouth council is holding six days of commemorations for the anniversary, including a concert by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and a host of events for veterans.

The Queen will join world leaders including President Obama, Russian president Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister David Cameron for events on the Normandy beaches.

Former councillor Phil Carey, 93, who was with tactical support in the RAF, said councils were concentrating on the First World War centenary.

“But there are no survivors of that, whereas for the Second World War there are survivors. There really should be more interest in the Second World War,” he said.

“The council should be making some effort in this department.”

Ten years ago, the mayor of Bournemouth welcomed Normandy veterans for the presentation of commemorative badges at the Town Hall.

This year, the mayor’s diary for June 6 includes only the opening of a Southbourne hotel and a charity dinner.

A council spokesperson said the authority “hadn’t had any requests” to organise D-Day events.

“We haven’t been approached by any groups. It would be something we would be happy to discuss for the future,” she added.

When Poole council was asked what it was doing to mark the anniversary, it pointed the Daily Echo to a series of “artist-led” events being held by the museums service.

But the town’s mayor, Cllr Peter Adams, contacted the Daily Echo on Saturday to point out that the authority was doing much more.

“We have taken it very seriously and we have a series of events and actions already taken to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the 100th anniversary of the commencement of WWI,” he said.

“They comprise a service on the Quay for veterans and anyone there is invited.

“It also comprises going out to Old Harry Rocks and laying a wreath on the water. We will later in the year, at a  date to be arranged, have a veterans’ celebration in the council that will be a regalia presentation as well as a tea.

“Already the council has approved the planting of up to 100 patches of poppies in various situations all over Poole. We’ve got five or six events at the library particularly targeted towards our younger people, so the younger people appreciate the huge sacrifices their grandparents and great grandparents made in these two terrible wars.”

Poole's arts and museums service has been working on a project called We’ll Meet Again, Don’t Know Where, Don’t Know When: Voices of Departure from Poole.

Artist Jacky Oliver will be in Poole every Thursday to Saturday throughout June, working at Poole Museum and at care homes and children’s centres.

The resulting artwork will be displayed at the museum before moving to Musée de la Libération in Poole’s French twin-town, Cherbourg-Octeville.

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6:22am Sat 31 May 14

BIGTONE says...

D-DAY veterans have voiced their disgust that Bournemouth and Poole will not be honouring the 70th anniversary of their heroism on the Normandy beaches..........


They won't.......it costs money.
They won't waste it!!!!.......Phfffff
ttttt....
D-DAY veterans have voiced their disgust that Bournemouth and Poole will not be honouring the 70th anniversary of their heroism on the Normandy beaches.......... They won't.......it costs money. They won't waste it!!!!.......Phfffff ttttt.... BIGTONE
  • Score: -5

6:59am Sat 31 May 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Bet they would have remembered if it meant a return trip to the south of France
Bet they would have remembered if it meant a return trip to the south of France kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 29

7:43am Sat 31 May 14

Roger of Bournemouth says...

The Council have a large war memorial outside the town hall to remind them!!! It has been on the news and in the papers for ages. Each and every senior Council Officer and Councillor should be ashamed. Is it we forgot or just not interested? To try to blame the veterans for not asking for this historic event to be commemorated is a terrible excuse to put forward. Have our Council and Councillors no respect for the supreme effort shown by so many and at such cost.
Hope the Mayor finds a little time to reflect on the events of D-Day and the thousands who died in restoring freedom to us and the rest of Europe whilst he is enjoying the free food and drink at the Southbourne Hotel.
The Council have a large war memorial outside the town hall to remind them!!! It has been on the news and in the papers for ages. Each and every senior Council Officer and Councillor should be ashamed. Is it we forgot or just not interested? To try to blame the veterans for not asking for this historic event to be commemorated is a terrible excuse to put forward. Have our Council and Councillors no respect for the supreme effort shown by so many and at such cost. Hope the Mayor finds a little time to reflect on the events of D-Day and the thousands who died in restoring freedom to us and the rest of Europe whilst he is enjoying the free food and drink at the Southbourne Hotel. Roger of Bournemouth
  • Score: 42

7:54am Sat 31 May 14

EGHH says...

Poole Harbour was a major departure point for the invasion yet this rubbish council isn't doing anything. I'm disgusted! Honour the D-Day heroes now!!
Poole Harbour was a major departure point for the invasion yet this rubbish council isn't doing anything. I'm disgusted! Honour the D-Day heroes now!! EGHH
  • Score: 45

8:34am Sat 31 May 14

Das Chappens says...

Absolute disgrace!!
Absolute disgrace!! Das Chappens
  • Score: 31

8:41am Sat 31 May 14

High Treason says...

Of course they remembered, they just put it to one side because they are focused on themselves, their egos, and their perks. They live in a molly coddled world of comfort with no needs or wants except to become more powerful, more charismatic and filthy rich. The whole council hierarchy should go to the battlefields and memorials in Somme and Normandy, see the death camps, all paid for themselves. Their attitude is beyond belief.
Of course they remembered, they just put it to one side because they are focused on themselves, their egos, and their perks. They live in a molly coddled world of comfort with no needs or wants except to become more powerful, more charismatic and filthy rich. The whole council hierarchy should go to the battlefields and memorials in Somme and Normandy, see the death camps, all paid for themselves. Their attitude is beyond belief. High Treason
  • Score: 37

8:59am Sat 31 May 14

missymo46 says...

Poor show! BCC. The big events are great, but don't take your mind of the little ones!
Poor show! BCC. The big events are great, but don't take your mind of the little ones! missymo46
  • Score: 10

9:13am Sat 31 May 14

Pomeroy says...

I am disgusted with Bournemouth and Poole. My father is a D Day Veteran aged 90 landing on Juno and the authorities should not wait until someone asks. They should have automatically invited local veterans to a lunch or something, even a ceremony in Poole Park would have been nice. I had the pleasure of meeting 5 other veterans last week along with my father on the Branksome Chine Beach with the Echo. Well done to the Echo for taking an interest in these brave men, you are the only ones.
I am disgusted with Bournemouth and Poole. My father is a D Day Veteran aged 90 landing on Juno and the authorities should not wait until someone asks. They should have automatically invited local veterans to a lunch or something, even a ceremony in Poole Park would have been nice. I had the pleasure of meeting 5 other veterans last week along with my father on the Branksome Chine Beach with the Echo. Well done to the Echo for taking an interest in these brave men, you are the only ones. Pomeroy
  • Score: 29

9:29am Sat 31 May 14

High Treason says...

Pomeroy wrote:
I am disgusted with Bournemouth and Poole. My father is a D Day Veteran aged 90 landing on Juno and the authorities should not wait until someone asks. They should have automatically invited local veterans to a lunch or something, even a ceremony in Poole Park would have been nice. I had the pleasure of meeting 5 other veterans last week along with my father on the Branksome Chine Beach with the Echo. Well done to the Echo for taking an interest in these brave men, you are the only ones.
Sadly this is all part of modern society in the UK. Celebrity status is all that matters, imported from the USA. A footballer here is a hero, a war veteran and the elderly a nuisance. I have a friend aged 95 who lives in Australia. Served with the Desert Rats. Over there he is treated with respect. The miserly UK state pension he gets is topped up by the Australian government to match theirs. He gets free health care and other support because he is a war veteran. Our local councils are led by men with no souls, no empathy, no respect for those that died for our freedom.
[quote][p][bold]Pomeroy[/bold] wrote: I am disgusted with Bournemouth and Poole. My father is a D Day Veteran aged 90 landing on Juno and the authorities should not wait until someone asks. They should have automatically invited local veterans to a lunch or something, even a ceremony in Poole Park would have been nice. I had the pleasure of meeting 5 other veterans last week along with my father on the Branksome Chine Beach with the Echo. Well done to the Echo for taking an interest in these brave men, you are the only ones.[/p][/quote]Sadly this is all part of modern society in the UK. Celebrity status is all that matters, imported from the USA. A footballer here is a hero, a war veteran and the elderly a nuisance. I have a friend aged 95 who lives in Australia. Served with the Desert Rats. Over there he is treated with respect. The miserly UK state pension he gets is topped up by the Australian government to match theirs. He gets free health care and other support because he is a war veteran. Our local councils are led by men with no souls, no empathy, no respect for those that died for our freedom. High Treason
  • Score: 29

9:31am Sat 31 May 14

Pomeroy says...

Letter to the Mayor of Poole
I am also disgusted that you could not recognise the brave Normandy Veterans but concentrate of WW1. My father is a 90 year old NVA and we had the pleasure of meeting another 5 brave veterans last week on Branksome Chine Beach. The Daily Echo are the only people who have taken an interest in these brave men. Many are travelling to Normandy next week, if the MOD get the passes out and I believe you should invite these men the following week to meet them.

Disgusting attitude of the local Councils, Poole and Bournemouth, Lest We Forget is the saying but it looks like you have forgotten already. Shame on you.

I Richards
Letter to the Mayor of Poole I am also disgusted that you could not recognise the brave Normandy Veterans but concentrate of WW1. My father is a 90 year old NVA and we had the pleasure of meeting another 5 brave veterans last week on Branksome Chine Beach. The Daily Echo are the only people who have taken an interest in these brave men. Many are travelling to Normandy next week, if the MOD get the passes out and I believe you should invite these men the following week to meet them. Disgusting attitude of the local Councils, Poole and Bournemouth, Lest We Forget is the saying but it looks like you have forgotten already. Shame on you. I Richards Pomeroy
  • Score: 16

9:36am Sat 31 May 14

Hessenford says...

A council spokesperson said the authority “hadn’t had any requests” to organise D-Day events.

“We haven’t been approached by any groups. It would be something we would be happy to discuss for the future,” she added.
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The council shouldn't need prompting to organise D-Day events, it should have been a matter of course to commemorate such and anniversary.

I notice that the Mayors diary includes an opening of a hotel, was it the free dinner that made him so enthusiastic.
A council spokesperson said the authority “hadn’t had any requests” to organise D-Day events. “We haven’t been approached by any groups. It would be something we would be happy to discuss for the future,” she added. . The council shouldn't need prompting to organise D-Day events, it should have been a matter of course to commemorate such and anniversary. I notice that the Mayors diary includes an opening of a hotel, was it the free dinner that made him so enthusiastic. Hessenford
  • Score: 24

9:37am Sat 31 May 14

Pablo23 says...

They could get some of the landing craft down from the base at Hamworth.

Pete Woodley would be up for it I'm sure seeing as he was involved in the real thing.
I understand the character played by Vin Diesel in Saving Private Ryan was based on Pete
They could get some of the landing craft down from the base at Hamworth. Pete Woodley would be up for it I'm sure seeing as he was involved in the real thing. I understand the character played by Vin Diesel in Saving Private Ryan was based on Pete Pablo23
  • Score: 13

10:07am Sat 31 May 14

rozmister says...

Roger of Bournemouth wrote:
The Council have a large war memorial outside the town hall to remind them!!! It has been on the news and in the papers for ages. Each and every senior Council Officer and Councillor should be ashamed. Is it we forgot or just not interested? To try to blame the veterans for not asking for this historic event to be commemorated is a terrible excuse to put forward. Have our Council and Councillors no respect for the supreme effort shown by so many and at such cost.
Hope the Mayor finds a little time to reflect on the events of D-Day and the thousands who died in restoring freedom to us and the rest of Europe whilst he is enjoying the free food and drink at the Southbourne Hotel.
Where does the article say they forgot? Are we reading the same text??
[quote][p][bold]Roger of Bournemouth[/bold] wrote: The Council have a large war memorial outside the town hall to remind them!!! It has been on the news and in the papers for ages. Each and every senior Council Officer and Councillor should be ashamed. Is it we forgot or just not interested? To try to blame the veterans for not asking for this historic event to be commemorated is a terrible excuse to put forward. Have our Council and Councillors no respect for the supreme effort shown by so many and at such cost. Hope the Mayor finds a little time to reflect on the events of D-Day and the thousands who died in restoring freedom to us and the rest of Europe whilst he is enjoying the free food and drink at the Southbourne Hotel.[/p][/quote]Where does the article say they forgot? Are we reading the same text?? rozmister
  • Score: -4

10:07am Sat 31 May 14

Azphreal says...

'Servicing Commandos in Normandy' a case of bad wording i think. My grandfather fought in the rear guard at Dunkirk and was a pow for the war (sadly he died due to the treatment he recieved) but my family is still waiting for something to recognise these men who knew their fate was death or capture. These men put their lives on the line for a just war and should be treated as such and we should show all the respect we can for the men who fought in the conflict.
'Servicing Commandos in Normandy' a case of bad wording i think. My grandfather fought in the rear guard at Dunkirk and was a pow for the war (sadly he died due to the treatment he recieved) but my family is still waiting for something to recognise these men who knew their fate was death or capture. These men put their lives on the line for a just war and should be treated as such and we should show all the respect we can for the men who fought in the conflict. Azphreal
  • Score: 14

12:47pm Sat 31 May 14

hamworthygarden says...

What a disgrace when Poole was a hub of the D D landings and I must admit I have been looking for events to commemorate this in Poole and now I know why I didn't find anything. It would have been a great opportunity to show that Poole respects and remembers what the boat owners did on this day. Shame on your Poole Council but it is not a surprise.
What a disgrace when Poole was a hub of the D D landings and I must admit I have been looking for events to commemorate this in Poole and now I know why I didn't find anything. It would have been a great opportunity to show that Poole respects and remembers what the boat owners did on this day. Shame on your Poole Council but it is not a surprise. hamworthygarden
  • Score: 9

1:10pm Sat 31 May 14

TalkToTheTrees says...

Am I not reading this correctly or are the commentators above using this as another excuse for council-bashing? Article says Poole Council are doing something for the anniversary: service on the Quay, artist at the museum.
Am I not reading this correctly or are the commentators above using this as another excuse for council-bashing? Article says Poole Council are doing something for the anniversary: service on the Quay, artist at the museum. TalkToTheTrees
  • Score: -2

1:29pm Sat 31 May 14

Tictock says...

Yet again the ego-led, selfish, self-centred and ignorant councillors have only regard of what they can get out of the trough. One would think that they would have been up for some of celebration, the chance of a free lunch etc and be photographed!

Lions led by donkeys not respected or even acknowledged, shame on you councillors. It is hoped that the electorate will remember when it counts, snag is regardless of political colour, they are all only in it for themselves, 'after all, it's only business!' May they drown in their own greed!
Yet again the ego-led, selfish, self-centred and ignorant councillors have only regard of what they can get out of the trough. One would think that they would have been up for some of celebration, the chance of a free lunch etc and be photographed! Lions led by donkeys not respected or even acknowledged, shame on you councillors. It is hoped that the electorate will remember when it counts, snag is regardless of political colour, they are all only in it for themselves, 'after all, it's only business!' May they drown in their own greed! Tictock
  • Score: 1

1:39pm Sat 31 May 14

apm1954 says...

You will do well to name a councillor that was born in poole, I doubt if they are aware what happend here during the war.
You will do well to name a councillor that was born in poole, I doubt if they are aware what happend here during the war. apm1954
  • Score: 10

2:15pm Sat 31 May 14

rich53 says...

No money coming into the council bank accounts,only interested if it's wheel
and the air show where money rolls in ,SHAMELESS remember without veterans there would not be a council.
No money coming into the council bank accounts,only interested if it's wheel and the air show where money rolls in ,SHAMELESS remember without veterans there would not be a council. rich53
  • Score: 9

4:36pm Sat 31 May 14

HRH of Boscombe says...

Bournemouth Council are rarely known for their honorable actions but this just shows how shallow they are.
Bournemouth Council are rarely known for their honorable actions but this just shows how shallow they are. HRH of Boscombe
  • Score: 2

4:51pm Sat 31 May 14

blacksteff0 says...

The Christchurch and District Band do a fantastic Remembrance Concert in the Regent Centre in Christchurch to remember and celebrate our Veterans. It is produced by them as an independent production as their Musical Director has felt, for a number of years, that there is a lack of empathy and commitment to remember those that sacrificed so much. The Christchurch and District Band is a Not for Profit Organisation and promotes the Not Forgotten Association along with other Service Charities.
This year it is on Sunday 2nd November 2014 it will start at 7pm.
The evening opens with a parade of Veterans and Standards - Including the National Standard of the Not Forgotten Association. With this being the 70th Anniversary of D-Day it will feature in the evening. Should ANY D-DAY Veterans, wish to take part in this event. Please contact their Musical Director Steff Emmett on 07974 320122 or email md@christchurchanddi
strictband.co.uk
The evening is in production now, so any organisations or veterans are urged to contact the above as soon as possible, should they wish to take part.
Should anyone wish to support the event, tickets are on sale now at a Early Booking Discount price by visiting the Regent Centre, Christchurch.
http://www.regentcen
tre.co.uk/admitone/e
vent.php?_evt=REME14
The Christchurch and District Band do a fantastic Remembrance Concert in the Regent Centre in Christchurch to remember and celebrate our Veterans. It is produced by them as an independent production as their Musical Director has felt, for a number of years, that there is a lack of empathy and commitment to remember those that sacrificed so much. The Christchurch and District Band is a Not for Profit Organisation and promotes the Not Forgotten Association along with other Service Charities. This year it is on Sunday 2nd November 2014 it will start at 7pm. The evening opens with a parade of Veterans and Standards - Including the National Standard of the Not Forgotten Association. With this being the 70th Anniversary of D-Day it will feature in the evening. Should ANY D-DAY Veterans, wish to take part in this event. Please contact their Musical Director Steff Emmett on 07974 320122 or email md@christchurchanddi strictband.co.uk The evening is in production now, so any organisations or veterans are urged to contact the above as soon as possible, should they wish to take part. Should anyone wish to support the event, tickets are on sale now at a Early Booking Discount price by visiting the Regent Centre, Christchurch. http://www.regentcen tre.co.uk/admitone/e vent.php?_evt=REME14 blacksteff0
  • Score: 8

5:24pm Sat 31 May 14

Bob49 says...

"A council spokesperson said the authority “hadn’t had any requests” to organise D-Day events.It would be something we would be happy to discuss for the future,” she added "

for the future !

how many veterans does she expect to be around for the 80th anniversary ?
"A council spokesperson said the authority “hadn’t had any requests” to organise D-Day events.It would be something we would be happy to discuss for the future,” she added " for the future ! how many veterans does she expect to be around for the 80th anniversary ? Bob49
  • Score: 6

5:54pm Sat 31 May 14

goodmorningcanary says...

Pomeroy wrote:
I am disgusted with Bournemouth and Poole. My father is a D Day Veteran aged 90 landing on Juno and the authorities should not wait until someone asks. They should have automatically invited local veterans to a lunch or something, even a ceremony in Poole Park would have been nice. I had the pleasure of meeting 5 other veterans last week along with my father on the Branksome Chine Beach with the Echo. Well done to the Echo for taking an interest in these brave men, you are the only ones.
My dad was a D-D veteran too. Sadly he died a few years ago, still full of shrapnel gathered in Normandy. My generation and my children's have no real understanding of what they went through.
[quote][p][bold]Pomeroy[/bold] wrote: I am disgusted with Bournemouth and Poole. My father is a D Day Veteran aged 90 landing on Juno and the authorities should not wait until someone asks. They should have automatically invited local veterans to a lunch or something, even a ceremony in Poole Park would have been nice. I had the pleasure of meeting 5 other veterans last week along with my father on the Branksome Chine Beach with the Echo. Well done to the Echo for taking an interest in these brave men, you are the only ones.[/p][/quote]My dad was a D-D veteran too. Sadly he died a few years ago, still full of shrapnel gathered in Normandy. My generation and my children's have no real understanding of what they went through. goodmorningcanary
  • Score: 4

6:10pm Sat 31 May 14

pete woodley says...

Pablo23 wrote:
They could get some of the landing craft down from the base at Hamworth.

Pete Woodley would be up for it I'm sure seeing as he was involved in the real thing.
I understand the character played by Vin Diesel in Saving Private Ryan was based on Pete
I regret pablo i was not old enough to serve in the war,but did serve as a regular twice and also 2 spells in the TA,My admiration for those who did serve and still serving is strong,My own father served with the Canadians in WW1,and grand father,in the Boer War and Afghanistan.Very poor show COUNCILS.
[quote][p][bold]Pablo23[/bold] wrote: They could get some of the landing craft down from the base at Hamworth. Pete Woodley would be up for it I'm sure seeing as he was involved in the real thing. I understand the character played by Vin Diesel in Saving Private Ryan was based on Pete[/p][/quote]I regret pablo i was not old enough to serve in the war,but did serve as a regular twice and also 2 spells in the TA,My admiration for those who did serve and still serving is strong,My own father served with the Canadians in WW1,and grand father,in the Boer War and Afghanistan.Very poor show COUNCILS. pete woodley
  • Score: 4

6:15pm Sat 31 May 14

pete woodley says...

Pablo23 wrote:
They could get some of the landing craft down from the base at Hamworth.

Pete Woodley would be up for it I'm sure seeing as he was involved in the real thing.
I understand the character played by Vin Diesel in Saving Private Ryan was based on Pete
I regret pablo i was not old enough to serve in the war,but did serve as a regular twice and also 2 spells in the TA,My admiration for those who did serve and still serving is strong,My own father served with the Canadians in WW1,and grand father,in the Boer War and Afghanistan.Very poor show COUNCILS.I have been proud to be a standard bearer,at the 94/95 Ve and Vj celebrations in London,and several other events.
[quote][p][bold]Pablo23[/bold] wrote: They could get some of the landing craft down from the base at Hamworth. Pete Woodley would be up for it I'm sure seeing as he was involved in the real thing. I understand the character played by Vin Diesel in Saving Private Ryan was based on Pete[/p][/quote]I regret pablo i was not old enough to serve in the war,but did serve as a regular twice and also 2 spells in the TA,My admiration for those who did serve and still serving is strong,My own father served with the Canadians in WW1,and grand father,in the Boer War and Afghanistan.Very poor show COUNCILS.I have been proud to be a standard bearer,at the 94/95 Ve and Vj celebrations in London,and several other events. pete woodley
  • Score: 0

6:15pm Sat 31 May 14

pete woodley says...

Pablo23 wrote:
They could get some of the landing craft down from the base at Hamworth.

Pete Woodley would be up for it I'm sure seeing as he was involved in the real thing.
I understand the character played by Vin Diesel in Saving Private Ryan was based on Pete
I regret pablo i was not old enough to serve in the war,but did serve as a regular twice and also 2 spells in the TA,My admiration for those who did serve and still serving is strong,My own father served with the Canadians in WW1,and grand father,in the Boer War and Afghanistan.Very poor show COUNCILS.I have been proud to be a standard bearer,at the 94/95 Ve and Vj celebrations in London,and several other events.
[quote][p][bold]Pablo23[/bold] wrote: They could get some of the landing craft down from the base at Hamworth. Pete Woodley would be up for it I'm sure seeing as he was involved in the real thing. I understand the character played by Vin Diesel in Saving Private Ryan was based on Pete[/p][/quote]I regret pablo i was not old enough to serve in the war,but did serve as a regular twice and also 2 spells in the TA,My admiration for those who did serve and still serving is strong,My own father served with the Canadians in WW1,and grand father,in the Boer War and Afghanistan.Very poor show COUNCILS.I have been proud to be a standard bearer,at the 94/95 Ve and Vj celebrations in London,and several other events. pete woodley
  • Score: 0

9:43pm Sat 31 May 14

Pablo23 says...

pete woodley wrote:
Pablo23 wrote:
They could get some of the landing craft down from the base at Hamworth.

Pete Woodley would be up for it I'm sure seeing as he was involved in the real thing.
I understand the character played by Vin Diesel in Saving Private Ryan was based on Pete
I regret pablo i was not old enough to serve in the war,but did serve as a regular twice and also 2 spells in the TA,My admiration for those who did serve and still serving is strong,My own father served with the Canadians in WW1,and grand father,in the Boer War and Afghanistan.Very poor show COUNCILS.I have been proud to be a standard bearer,at the 94/95 Ve and Vj celebrations in London,and several other events.
Good on you Pete
My grandad lied about his age to serve in the great war and then served in the middle east in the second. I know how even those that survived payed a lasting price, and most likely helped make our life now a lot easier.
I've not had to witness any killing first hand fortunately. Can't imagine it
[quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pablo23[/bold] wrote: They could get some of the landing craft down from the base at Hamworth. Pete Woodley would be up for it I'm sure seeing as he was involved in the real thing. I understand the character played by Vin Diesel in Saving Private Ryan was based on Pete[/p][/quote]I regret pablo i was not old enough to serve in the war,but did serve as a regular twice and also 2 spells in the TA,My admiration for those who did serve and still serving is strong,My own father served with the Canadians in WW1,and grand father,in the Boer War and Afghanistan.Very poor show COUNCILS.I have been proud to be a standard bearer,at the 94/95 Ve and Vj celebrations in London,and several other events.[/p][/quote]Good on you Pete My grandad lied about his age to serve in the great war and then served in the middle east in the second. I know how even those that survived payed a lasting price, and most likely helped make our life now a lot easier. I've not had to witness any killing first hand fortunately. Can't imagine it Pablo23
  • Score: 4

10:23pm Sat 31 May 14

Andrew.Isaac says...

So what is this story really about?

This year has 2 noticeable events. The 70th anniversary of D Day and the 100th anniversary of the commencement of WW1. I am aware that Bournemouth Council are putting on events to mark WW1. I am sure if any of the veterans associations had approached the council they would of willingly helped organise an event. Next year sees the 70th anniversary of the end of WW2 and im sure there will be commemorations for this.

Right....who wants to whine on about my comment......... (yawn)
So what is this story really about? This year has 2 noticeable events. The 70th anniversary of D Day and the 100th anniversary of the commencement of WW1. I am aware that Bournemouth Council are putting on events to mark WW1. I am sure if any of the veterans associations had approached the council they would of willingly helped organise an event. Next year sees the 70th anniversary of the end of WW2 and im sure there will be commemorations for this. Right....who wants to whine on about my comment......... (yawn) Andrew.Isaac
  • Score: 4

11:03pm Sat 31 May 14

martinsim34 says...

they are our heros r the councils thick if it were not for them they be speaking german ,unless u been to any of the camps in europe that include the hospitals in channel islands,yes it was mostly my ancesters were killed in those camps and if ur face did not fit and ne1 they did not like,
is it not nice to be able to moan about the travellers if hitler won there would be no travelrs yahova witnesses,i am a english jew and proud to say that,thankyou all u brave men women and children who helped the fight for the right thing.God bless all u heros.
they are our heros r the councils thick if it were not for them they be speaking german ,unless u been to any of the camps in europe that include the hospitals in channel islands,yes it was mostly my ancesters were killed in those camps and if ur face did not fit and ne1 they did not like, is it not nice to be able to moan about the travellers if hitler won there would be no travelrs yahova witnesses,i am a english jew and proud to say that,thankyou all u brave men women and children who helped the fight for the right thing.God bless all u heros. martinsim34
  • Score: 1

12:06am Sun 1 Jun 14

s-pb2 says...

Andrew.Isaac wrote:
So what is this story really about?

This year has 2 noticeable events. The 70th anniversary of D Day and the 100th anniversary of the commencement of WW1. I am aware that Bournemouth Council are putting on events to mark WW1. I am sure if any of the veterans associations had approached the council they would of willingly helped organise an event. Next year sees the 70th anniversary of the end of WW2 and im sure there will be commemorations for this.

Right....who wants to whine on about my comment......... (yawn)
No I think you are spot on. Its nice to see someone local who hasnt got a pitchfork and burning torch at the ready.

I just wonder with so much outrage and condemnation elsewhere on this page, just what the outraged are doing personally on Friday to mark the anniversary. Or are they just a bunch of hypocrites?
[quote][p][bold]Andrew.Isaac[/bold] wrote: So what is this story really about? This year has 2 noticeable events. The 70th anniversary of D Day and the 100th anniversary of the commencement of WW1. I am aware that Bournemouth Council are putting on events to mark WW1. I am sure if any of the veterans associations had approached the council they would of willingly helped organise an event. Next year sees the 70th anniversary of the end of WW2 and im sure there will be commemorations for this. Right....who wants to whine on about my comment......... (yawn)[/p][/quote]No I think you are spot on. Its nice to see someone local who hasnt got a pitchfork and burning torch at the ready. I just wonder with so much outrage and condemnation elsewhere on this page, just what the outraged are doing personally on Friday to mark the anniversary. Or are they just a bunch of hypocrites? s-pb2
  • Score: 5

10:37am Sun 1 Jun 14

O'Reilly says...

It would appear that our 'Lords and Masters' are no better at respecting the dead................
....

http://www.dailymail
.co.uk/news/article-
2629385/Fury-peers-w
alked-House-Lords-na
mes-six-dead-soldier
s-read-out.html
It would appear that our 'Lords and Masters' are no better at respecting the dead................ .... http://www.dailymail .co.uk/news/article- 2629385/Fury-peers-w alked-House-Lords-na mes-six-dead-soldier s-read-out.html O'Reilly
  • Score: 0

4:42pm Sun 1 Jun 14

Pomeroy says...

s-pb2 wrote:
Andrew.Isaac wrote:
So what is this story really about?

This year has 2 noticeable events. The 70th anniversary of D Day and the 100th anniversary of the commencement of WW1. I am aware that Bournemouth Council are putting on events to mark WW1. I am sure if any of the veterans associations had approached the council they would of willingly helped organise an event. Next year sees the 70th anniversary of the end of WW2 and im sure there will be commemorations for this.

Right....who wants to whine on about my comment......... (yawn)
No I think you are spot on. Its nice to see someone local who hasnt got a pitchfork and burning torch at the ready.

I just wonder with so much outrage and condemnation elsewhere on this page, just what the outraged are doing personally on Friday to mark the anniversary. Or are they just a bunch of hypocrites?
I am taking my father to Normandy for D Day. I am, therefore, not an hypocrite but I am annoyed by the Mayor and Council.
[quote][p][bold]s-pb2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Andrew.Isaac[/bold] wrote: So what is this story really about? This year has 2 noticeable events. The 70th anniversary of D Day and the 100th anniversary of the commencement of WW1. I am aware that Bournemouth Council are putting on events to mark WW1. I am sure if any of the veterans associations had approached the council they would of willingly helped organise an event. Next year sees the 70th anniversary of the end of WW2 and im sure there will be commemorations for this. Right....who wants to whine on about my comment......... (yawn)[/p][/quote]No I think you are spot on. Its nice to see someone local who hasnt got a pitchfork and burning torch at the ready. I just wonder with so much outrage and condemnation elsewhere on this page, just what the outraged are doing personally on Friday to mark the anniversary. Or are they just a bunch of hypocrites?[/p][/quote]I am taking my father to Normandy for D Day. I am, therefore, not an hypocrite but I am annoyed by the Mayor and Council. Pomeroy
  • Score: 3

8:54am Mon 2 Jun 14

MMM444 says...

Everything these councils do, or in this case don't, is an absolute disgrace, so spending money on traveller transit camp's is more important is it??? sack the whole lot of these out of touch clueless morons, hang your sad pathetic heads in shame.
Everything these councils do, or in this case don't, is an absolute disgrace, so spending money on traveller transit camp's is more important is it??? sack the whole lot of these out of touch clueless morons, hang your sad pathetic heads in shame. MMM444
  • Score: 2

3:15pm Mon 2 Jun 14

speedy231278 says...

I guess S+D Leisure have nothing suitable to make vast profits from it....
I guess S+D Leisure have nothing suitable to make vast profits from it.... speedy231278
  • Score: 1

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