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D-Day survivors' stories sought for audio archive

BY JOANNE SWEENEY

The last D-Day survivors in Northern Ireland are being urged to record their personal stories ahead of its 70th anniversary.

Next June will mark the anniversary of the allied invasion of Normandy, which saw some of the fiercest fighting of World War II.

However, with the average age of D- Day veterans now 92, the Normandy Veterans' Association (NVA) has said it is imperative for all those who took part to record their stories.

NVA, which is producing the anniversary recordings, also said that the organisation would disband later next year.

National secretary George Batts added: "It is very important to record these final stories of heroism and personal sacrifice before it is too late."

He said that NVA needed financial contributions from the public as well as hearing from veterans to conduct the face-to-face interviews.

The recordings will be used as an educational resource for future generations, with copies also given to surviving Normandy veterans.

Alastair Dutch is producing the recordings and can be contacted by email on alastairdutch@yahoo.co.uk

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