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Red Arrows set for display over Hampshire today as part of D-Day 70th anniversary commemorations
THE Red Arrows are due to stage a spectacular display over Hampshire today as the county continues to mark the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings.
As reported by the Daily Echo earlier this week, the 21-minute routine will form part of a major D-Day commemoration at Newtown Park, Boldre, which is near a former airfield used during the build-up to the invasion.
Special guests will include a 92-year-old D-Day veteran who has flown over from the United States.
Herb Simmons, who was stationed at the Lymington Advanced Landing Ground in the weeks leading up to the landings, is believed to be the last surviving member of the 50th Fighter Squadron.
Mr Simmons, from North Carolina, will unveil a new information panel produced by the New Forest Remembers World War II project.
Hosted by Charles Burnett III, the event will be open to the public from 3pm – with proceeds going to the Daily Echo-backed Help for Heroes.
It will include a display of Second World War aircraft including two Spitfires and a Hurricane. The Red Arrows display is due to start at 5.30pm.
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