Thousands of people are preparing to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-day landings at commemoration events in the UK and France this week. Senior politicians and members of the royal family as well as hundreds of veterans will attend ceremonies to mark one of the main turning points of the second world war and the biggest amphibious invasion in military history. More than 200 veterans have boarded a cruise ship, MV Boudicca, charted by the Royal British Legion, to attend the events, while others are descending en masse on Portsmouth and Normandy. Here we hear the stories of those who were there on 6 June 1944 and others involved in this week’s commemorations. Prisoner of war: “I looked at him. He looked at me. I put my hands up” Percy Lewis, 96, a wireless operator with No 6 Beach Group, spent most of D-day sheltering in the sand dunes off Sword beach. After landing at 11am on a small landing craft, he had to wait for the rest of his battalion to come. “Now … [Read more...] about D-day remembered: a series of interviews on the 75th anniversary
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Our courts have been kept busy dealing with cases ranging from paedophiles and murderers to dangerous drivers and career burglars so far in 2019. Among them are the trio who shocked the city last year when their plot to blow up a shop in Leicester's Hinckley Road left five dead. Aram Kurd, Arkan Ali and Hawkar Hassan were all handed life sentences for their crimes. Other crimes hitting the headlines include a woman whose repeated calls to 999 put lives at risk, a fraudster who stole cash donated for the family of murdered soldier Fusilier Lee Rigby, and two pranksters who drove off with a Skylink bus and filmed it on Facebook. There have been a host of other cases too that we've featured but police have either declined, or been unable, to provide custody pictures of the defendants. Robert Soutar A former primary school teacher has been jailed for repeatedly sexually assaulting a young pupil. Robert Soutar molested the girl, aged between seven and 11 years, between 1975 and … [Read more...] about Faces of 76 Leicester criminals in court so far in 2019
0 Post a comment Saturday, 1 June 2019 - Local People by Contributed Item - Contributed Item @twitter.com/gem_news [email protected] A local midwife and founder of the small charity South Wales Homeless Walkabouts (SWHW) collected donations from pupils, parents and staff at St Clare’s School, Porthcawl recently. In a special assembly, Sarah Aubrey explained why she had set up her charity. Last winter, she stopped to talk to a man sleeping rough in Cardiff and offered to buy him breakfast. Despite her best efforts to encourage him to order anything at all in the café, she was surprised when he just had tea and toast – just someone taking the time to have a conversation with him was what he really wanted. It transpired that he had once been a teacher who had fallen on hard times and lost his home. Shunned by his family, he had nowhere to go but the streets. Sarah reminded the pupils that homelessness can happen to anyone.Sarah’s charity, … [Read more...] about St Clare’s help South Wales Homeless Walkabouts
Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council is calling on people to take part in a new initiative which will see unwanted sewing machines get a new lease of life across the world. In partnership with Tools for Solidarity, Council is asking residents to donate the unwanted items at its Household Recycling Centres so they can be sent to those less fortunate in sub-Saharan Africa.Clothing production and repair can provide a reliable income for many people in poverty in this part of Africa. Machine mechanics will travel with the shipment to provide training for operators on how to maintain and repair the machine.The scheme is now open at all Household Recycling Centres across the Borough and can be left at Council Headquarters in Cloonavin. For more information email [email protected] or call 028 2766 0248. Pupils measure up to big screen characters … [Read more...] about WANTED: sewing machines
WILDLIFE enthusiasts crossing the Pentland Firth were given a memorable Orca Watch treat today when killer whales were spotted from the John O’Groats ferry.Four or five were observed as the Pentland Venture made its way to Orkney, and orca fans will be hoping for further sightings as the annual whale-watching exercise continues over the coming days.John O’Groats Ferries is offering special discounts throughout the 10-day event.Fred Fermor of John O’Groats Ferries said on Tuesday: “We were delighted for the orca watchers that they were rewarded with a fantastic sighting of a pod of four or five orcas this morning from the Pentland Venture. This was the first time that some of these folk had witnessed these magnificent creatures and it was quite an emotive experience for many with hugs and tears on board.“We’re all just really pleased for everyone. It has been an exciting and busy week for us here in John O’Groats with whale watchers of all ages … [Read more...] about Orca Watch excitement as ferry passengers see killer whales .