The Spirit of Normandy Trust is currently
receiving a very high number of requests
to interview Normandy Veterans, many of which we are still working on to
achieve the best results. The process is lengthy and complicated because of the
GDPR regulations, and takes a great deal of time. The Trust has no employed staff and every
request needs to be actioned by a limited number of volunteer staff. Additionally we have a duty of care to the
veterans to ensure that they are not exhausted by the number of interview that
they are asked to undertake. Therefore, regrettably, we are unable to accept
any new media requests relating to D Day veterans at this time.

We’ll Meet Again- Normandy Veterans Reunion 2017


Following our previous Autumn get-togethers, plans are taking shape for a Reunion for
Normandy Veterans again this Autumn. This year we are planning the event in Portsmouth
to be held over the weekend Friday 29th September through to Sunday 1st October.

It will commence with a get-together with a light buffet supper in the Engine Room Bar,
Royal Maritime Club, Portsmouth – 1900hrs on the Friday evening 29th September.

On Saturday 30th September from 1000hrs until 1600hrs an event will be held on Castle
Field in Portsmouth, which will include displays, Fiona Harrison singing on stage,
afternoon tea and a parade of veterans’ standards. Transport to and from hotels will be
available all day. In the evening, from 1930hrs there will be a dinner for veterans and
guests at the Royal Maritime Club.
On Sunday 1st October the weekend will draw to a close with a commemorative service at
Southsea Cenotaph conducted by
Reverend Mandy Reynolds.
Hotel accommodation for those wishing to stay for the weekend is available at a
subsidised rate – costs per night- £55 for a double room and £40 for a single,.

Complimentary tickets will be allocated for the Friday supper, Saturday events and Gala
dinner for veterans, wives & widows. For others the cost is £10 each for the Friday evening
supper & afternoon tea and
£30 each for the Gala dinner. Please note all these costs are
subsidised and will be funded by donations, sponsorship and fundraising.

**There are limited spaces for the Saturday night dinner, therefore tickets will be issued on
a “first come first served” basis.

Catch up with old friends and comrades. Come and join us! We would love to see
you all again.

For full details and any enquiries:, email:

Tel; 01428 605672

Summary of Itinerary Friday 29th September -Sunday 1st October

Friday Evening: 1900-2300 – Get together in the ‘engine room bar’ at the RMC for
those who wish to join us

Saturday 1000 -1600 – Reunion on Castle Field (Including parade of veterans and
Standards at 1515). Tea will be served in a marquee.
Afternoon Tea
Various displays
Fiona Harrison “A voice in a million” vintage entertainer
Young Historian Prize giving.
Plus lots more 

1930 – Veterans Dinner Royal Maritime Club – note limited spaces**
Sunday 1030 – 1130 – Service of commemoration Southsea Cenotaph

All enquiries:

Events in Normandy 2017

June 5th: Coleville Montgomery
The Spirit of Normandy Trust has arranged an informal service at 10:30hrs. This service has been arranged by request for those unable to attend the SE Normandy Veterans service being held on the 4th June at 10:30hrs.

June 6th: Bayeux
Cathedral service at 10:00hrs (please arrive no later than 9:45).
-At 11:00hrs vin d’honneur Hotel du Doyen, rue Lambert-Léonard le Forestier
-At 12 noon Service at Bayeux Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery
(Please be seated by 11:45hrs)
The Bayeux events are arranged by the Royal British Legion. Details or enquiries : email:
Tel: 020 3207 2236

The Royal British Legion have been advised that veterans who wish to be dropped off at the Bayeux Catherdral for the services on 6th June at 10am, that all coaches and cars will require a pass.

For further details or to apply for a pass please contact:

Yoann Pinot
Interim National Events Co-ordinator
Phone: +44 (0)20 3207 2236

PLEASE NOTE: this is just a pass for dropping off near the Cathdral NOT for parking

June 6th: Arromanches
Service and parade at 16:00hrs. General the Lord Dannatt GCB CBE MC DL will take the salute.

June 6th: NVA at the National Memorial Arboretum
During the service Robert Mille, Consul Honoraire de France will symbollically present the Legion d’honneur medal to any veterans who recieved their medal through the post and wish to have it presented ceremoniously, veterans to bring your medal with you and inform of your name and attendance.

Peter Lloyd
Mr Peter Lloyd, Secretary; Normandy Veterans Alliance Midlands, call: 0121 422 0649, email:

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General Election 8th May-Postal Votes

Just a reminder that if you are planning a trip to Normandy and wish to vote many won’t be returning home until the 8th June after the polling stations have closed or at a later date. Therefore ensure that you register for a postal vote and mail it in good time.

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75th Anniversary Memorial

June 2019 will mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day and of the start of the Normandy Campaign. The British Government has appointed The Normandy Memorial Trust to commission the design and building of the British Normandy Memorial to be inaugurated on 6th June 2019.  The project is being funded by the Government with money from fines imposed on banks in the so-called LIBOR affair. It will record the names of all of the British servicemen and women and those from the civilian services who lost their lives in the Normandy Campaign. If you would like more information please see The Normandy Memorial Trust’s website here.

The Normandy Memorial Trust’s first newsletter can be viewed on that website, or copies of the newsletter can be requested by post (particularly intended for veterans) by writing to Normandy Memorial Trust, c/o  16 Collingbourne Road, London, W12 0JQ. The Normandy Memorial Trust is especially interested to gather views on the Memorial, from veterans of the Normandy Campaign and others who have may have a personal interest.

Please note this is not a Spirit of Normandy Trust Project and information is only available from the address or website above.

Recently in Coleville…

Montgomery, Normandy – a further cleaning and waxing of the Monty statue was completed at the request and expense of the Spirit of Normandy Trust. A pledge given to the members of Normandy Veterans Association when it closed in 2014. We are delighted with the quality of the restoration. undertaken by Matthew Beesley of Gem Conservation Ltd who was first commissioned to restore the statue in time for the 70th anniversary. This will be a long term commitment for the Trust to ensure that the statue does not deteriorate over the years.


Normandy Veterans Reunion

We are pleased to announce that following two previous and successful events, we are planning a reunion for Normandy Veterans over the weekend of 29th September to the 1st of October. Working closely with Return to Normandy, we expect to commence the weekend with a reception and light buffest on the Friday evening, a reunion event on the Saturday during the day, followed by a dinner in the evening. The weekend will draw to a close with a Commemorative Service on the Sunday morning. More details soon, but if you are interested in coming along to part or all of the weekend, please get in touch.