SIXTY years ago next month tens of thousands of men risked their lives as they left Southampton for battle on the beaches of Normandy.

Many of those who went across the Channel never returned.

Today as we prepare to mark the anniversary of D-Day the city's plans to commemorate the historic event have been described as ''disgusting'' by veterans.

They say that Southampton's 60th anniversary plans for a photographic exhibition and one memorial service pale in comparision with neighbouring Portsmouth's high-profile commemorations launched yesterday with a visit by Home Secretary David Blunkett.

Southampton City Council's deputy leader and leisure chief Peter Wakeford has apologised, blaming circumstances and lack of funds for the shortfall of major events.

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