The Legacy Tour was organised by Mark Waring , Alan Ridley and the team of Return to Normandy 2016 , they raised the funds to take youngsters aged 10+ accompanied by a parent or grandparent , with 4 Normandy veterans and their carers, on a “whirlwind” trip to Normandy from 22 – 25th October. The group stayed in Arromanches and were delighted and appreciative to have the complimentary services of a well renowned guide Stuart Robertson.
Two of the pupils present had won free places in a competition. The veterans’ travel and accommodation was fully sponsored and the other participants received extremely generous rates subsidised by RTN2016. The places visited, amongst museums and other “quick stops”, were the British beaches, the American sector, Juno beach and Ranville Cemetery.
Mary & Ian Stewart, (Hon:secretary and Vice Chairman of the Spirit of Normandy Trust) met up with the group at several locations, to join their younger Grandson, who was accompanied by his Mum. They realised that being the youngest present it was a lot of detailed information for him to “take on board” . However, he like the others, all had a great rapport , especially the veterans , who were fully aware that this incredible opportunity and experience was something they will never forget, and will hopefully pass on to their children and grandchildren.
RTN2016 are to be congratulated on the concept of the project and their dedicated organisation. An enormous contribution to educating this, and the next generation. The veterans are “Living History” , whose company and experiences we are privileged to share.
Return To Normandy’s next event is a Christmas lunch to be held on 4th December in Portsmouth for Normandy veterans, families and supporters, for more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Plans are already in place to take the veterans to Normandy in June and for further “Legacy Tours” in August and October 2017