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Stortford Army cadets join UK comrades in Normandy tribute to D-Day fallen

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Three Bishop's Stortford Army cadets were among 500 from all over the country who made a three-day trip across the English Channel to Normandy to take part in a 75th anniversary commemorative tour of the D-Day battlefield sites.

The town's detachment commander, Colour Sergeant Alison Mitchell, accompanied Cpl Joshua Adams-Piggott, 15, LCpl Oliver Walsh, 13, and Cdt Callum Kehoe, 12, on the tour organised by Wiltshire Army Cadet Force, which included 80 cadets from Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.

Cadets in Normandy (12143564)
Cadets in Normandy (12143564)

They visited Pegasus Bridge and Gold and Omaha beaches, learning about the strategic challenges the Allies faced in the landings of June 6, 1944. They also saw the gun sites set up by the enemy along the French coastline at Longues-sur-Mer and Pointe du Hoc.

They finished the day with an emotional visit to an American war cemetery to pay respects to 10,000 soldiers laid to rest there, before gathering at Arromanches, overlooking the remains of one of the Mulberry harbours, to attend a memorial service and lay poppy wreaths.

The Stortford Army Cadet Force detachment meets at the Northgate Centre on Monday evenings, 7.15pm to 9.30pm. It is open to boys and girls aged 12-18. For more details, call CSgt Mitchell on 07890 027268.

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