Colleville Montgomery Service 2017

The below photos were taken on Sword beach after the service at Coleville Montgomery on the 5th June. There was a very special flag in the photos sourced at an auction and was the first flag to be raised on Sword Beach.

Southend District Normandy Veterans

This still thriving group of veterans and supporters headed by Don Sheppard Leg d’hon., former National NVA Vice Chairman.  recently held a collection a the Eastgate shopping centre Basildon. This was generously sponsored by Eastgate and Toomey Motors. As a result they kindly donated £500 to the Spirit of Normandy Trust.

The group is now looking forward to their trip to the National Memorial Arboretum to take part in the service on 6th June in the vicinity of the Normandy Veterans Memorial. The service is being organised and funded due to the hard work and fundraising for the event by Peter Lloyd of the Normandy Veterans Alliance.


Bristol Normandy Veterans Pilgrimage to Normandy with Arena Travel

Ken Turner  the Chairman and Social secretary contacted the SONT to say that they had a very well organised trip, that the coach was exceptionally comfortable and they all marvelled at the skill of the driver manoeuvring the giant 6 wheeler in and out of the tiny Normandy Villages.

Many of the veterans had special places that they wished to revisit and he made special thanks to their guide Major Bob Darby, who with his intimate knowledge of the battlefields and a flexible approach, managed to fulfil all the requests

New friends were made on the pilgrimage, especially Dr. Jonathan Leach who took great care of a couple of the ‘lads’ who developed medical problems along the way.

He added that here was a wonderful atmosphere of camaraderie throughout and they hope they will all be able to meet again next year.

More pictures on – Facebook ‘Bristol Normandy Veterans’

THE CENOTAPH PARADE – 12th November 2017

The Spirit of Normandy Trust will be represented by a contingent of Normandy Veterans and their carers at the 2017 Cenotaph Parade. We are delighted that W/O
Baz Firth MBE, has again agreed to act as Parade Marshall and to ensure the well being of those attending. Last year it was unanimously agreed that he and his team did a splendid job, also that their care and dedication was “above & beyond” all expectations.

The application for numbers attending has already been sent to the Royal British Legion and at present there is a place remaining for a veteran plus a carer. The majority of veterans are advised to bring a wheelchair or perhaps a folding chair, even if it is only to use for the wait before mustering for the parade. A member of the team will be there to look after personal belongings.

All names and details are required to be submitted by the 1st July

The Trustees are proud that there are Normandy veterans who are still keen and feel able to volunteer to attend the parade. However, it is appreciated that November is 6 months away, and it would be quite understandable if anyone had to drop out nearer the time. If you (or a veteran close to you) wish to be included, please contact the Trust as soon as possible:-

Phone 01428 605672    or

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.