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It was the 60th aniverasy of the D-Day landings and a small fleet of Allied war ships (British, American, French and Canadian) escorted a channel ferry full of D-Day veterans back across the English Channel. The ferry was, aptly, a Brittany ferries boat called 'Normandie' and the veterans were going to France to take part in the official commemorations. They were all accompanied by a flotilla for small boats some of which were second world war veterans in their own right!
The ships left from Portsmouth harbour, so we went across to watch them depart from Southsea beach. So did a few thousand other people :)
Anyway here are a few pictures. Unfortunately it took me ages to get these images online, and I can't remember which ship is which. :(
As the ships left there was a flyby - I think it was from a Lancaster bomber, a Spitfire and a Hurricane. - they would certainly be appropriate planes.
There was also a 'show' on Southsea common, although I didn't get any pictures of that.
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