Gerry Tann marks D-Day at Tower Gardens. Pictures: Ian Burt
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Veterans and those who lost their lives during the D-Day landings were remembered even though the traditional parade in their honour didn’t take place due to lockdown restrictions.

Gerry Tann represented King’s Lynn branch of the Royal British Legion with a tribute in Tower Gardens last Saturday.

He gave a salute and laid poppy crosses as this year marked the 76th anniversary of the Normandy Landings on June 6, 1944.

Elsewhere, Mike Lister, civilian committee chairman of Lynn’s 42F ATC Squadron, commemorated the anniversary at home and raised the Normandy and Union flags in his garden to honour the veterans and to ensure their sacrifices were not forgotten. 

He said: “The flag is going up on June 5 in remembrance of the first young man to join Norfolk’s 42F (King’s Lynn) Air Cadet Squadron’s at its formation in December 1938. The then 15 year-old Geoff Bullen, who died at the age of 91 in 2014, went on to join the RAF and, as a pilot, on the night of June 5, 1944 took part in the first operation of D-Day towing a glider to the attack on the bridges over the River Orne.” 

Lynn cadets visited Normandy in 2010 and laid poppy crosses at the Ranville cemetery. He said they looked forward to future battlefield visits.

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