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Daily ‘welcomes the world’ to patch ahead of D-Day commemorations

A regional daily has “welcomed the world” to its patch to mark 75 years since D-Day.

Portsmouth daily The News has run a special supplement commemorating the anniversary of the Normandy landings, which takes place tomorrow.

Ahead of the anniversary, US president Donald Trump is set to visit Portsmouth today for a national event marking the occasion, along with the Queen, Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn.

The News splashed on the commemorations today with the below image of a veteran and child looking out over the sea.


The 48-page supplement produced by The News – featuring memories from veterans, pictures from June 1944 and a look at this week’s events – appeared in last Thursday’s edition of the newspaper.

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Editor Mark Waldron told HTFP: “Every five years, when a significant anniversary of D-Day comes around, The News ensures it pays its own respects to those who took part in not only the turning point of World War II but a significant moment in the history of our nation.

“The eyes of the world will be on Portsmouth this week as the city plays proud host to the official D-Day 75 commemorations and there will be much to keep our news teams busy. But ahead of this we wanted to mark the occasion with our own souvenir publication – and this has been very well received by our readers.

“The words were superbly crafted by our defence correspondent Tom Cotterill, who was supported by intensive picture research by Deborah Croker backed by the production and design skills of Alan Cooper, James Trembath, Stuart Chandler, Tim Hopkinson and Craig Lightowler.

“Their hard work has created a very special publication which is a fitting commemoration of the events of June 1944.”