A special North Lincolnshire tribute is now remembering the brave Allied troops who landed in France on D-Day, June 6, 1944.
A hand-crafted replica of one of the landing craft used on the Normandy beaches 75 years ago went on display in Brigg today, ahead of an event in the town tomorrow which will see free wartime staple food handed out.
The Brigg and District Veterans’ Group is the driving force behind the display, which will remain in place beside the A18 and be seen by thousands of passing motorists and pedestrians every day until after Remembrance Sunday in November.
Howsham-based cabinet maker Stuart Denniss installed the landing craft and the soldiers seen leaving it.
Stuart and members of the veterans’ group were joined earlier today by staff and pupils from the town’s Demeter House School and volunteers from the nearby Britannia Inn.
They prepared the display area, positioned the centrepiece and piled up sandbags as a backdrop.
Flowers will now be placed near the craft, which represents one of these used on Sword Beach 75 years ago.
The 75th anniversary of the Normandy landings will be marked in Brigg on June 6.
The patriotic Britannia Inn will be turning back the clock as it marks the D-Day milestone with a menu of wartime staple foods.
Remembering rationing, it will be serving up Spam and bully beef (corned beef) sandwiches at noon and throughout the afternoon.
Landlord Shane Garrett will also be providing typically British ‘afters’ – apple pie with cinnamon, sultanas and custard. The food is free and there’s an open invitation to attend.
Shane says any donations will be welcome and will be passed on to the Brigg and District Veterans’ Group, which supports forces-related worthy causes.
Brigg town mayor Councillor Sharon Riggall is among those invited to attend, together with senior citizens and staff from the town’s community hub and the Abbey Village care home, which is located near the pub on the other side of the A18.
Shane will be extracting Spam and corned beef from the can to make the sandwiches, just as it was prepared for hungry British people during the war.
Visitors can try sandwiches with just the meat filling or choose others supplemented with Branston Pickle and spicy Piccalilli.
Shane is confident the event will prove to be “cracking one” and be very well supported by the North Lincolnshire public.
The weather won’t matter, with the inside dining area and the beer garden behind the pub, with covered seating, set aside on Thursday afternoon.
Background music from the 1940s will be provided throughout, including songs made famous by forces’ favourite Dame Vera Lynn.
The Britannia Inn hosts a range of regular events for the Brigg & District Veterans’ Group, which suggested this special 75th D Day anniversary event.
Stressing the contribution made by Allies forces in June 1944, Shane added: “If it was not for them, we would not be living as we do today.”
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