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'D-Day off Ventnor' has raised 718 for the Royal British Legion   ()

Sales throughout the town of the official Commemorative Booklet for ‘D-Day 75 off Ventnor’ have raised the sum of £718 for the Royal British Legion.  Of the 1,000 Booklets that were printed, an initial 320 of these were shipped in advance to the MV Boudicca for distribution to each of the 300 Veterans gratis who would be at sea to follow the Commemoration ashore at Ventnor, for strategic carers and for the Captains of MV Boudicca and HMS St Albans to co-ordinate their standing-off the Ventnor coast for sunset on 5 June 2019.  Two Booklets were sent to Her Majesty The Queen to accompany her role in Portsmouth.  Four were distributed to explosives and logistics technicians to conform to safety requirements.  Of the 674 Booklets remaining for sale at £1 each, the townspeople of Ventnor bought every single one, raising not only the £674, but over and above that, and extra £44 in donations.  The sum of £718 is on its way to the RBL National Commemoration Team at Haig House in London.

A great debt of gratitude is owed especially to those establishments throughout the Town and along the Esplanade who hosted the sale of the Commemorative Booklet.  It is the townspeople of Ventnor whose outstanding generosity in raising the £718 will serve to continue to address some of the legacy of that great enterprise which passed out shores heading for the Normandy beaches in 1944 and which was to result in nothing less than the liberation of Europe.


St Albans with ‘Churches Together in Ventnor’ and the RBL