Ship Carrying 255 Veterans Diverted To Dover

9 June 2019, 12:40 | Updated: 9 June 2019, 12:43

Ship carrying D-Day veterans leaves Portsmouth

More than 250 D-Day veterans sailing back from Normandy were diverted to Kent because of bad weather last night.

More than 250 d-day veterans sailing back from Normandy were diverted to Kent because of bad weather last night.

The MV Boudicca was heading to Portsmouth for a big welcome home party and a fireworks display but severe weather caused by Storm Miguel caused the ship to be diverted to Dover instead.

The charity was urging people in Kent to “step up and give our Normandy heroes the welcome back they deserve” but people had little notice.

As a result, a small crowd gathered in Dover following the appeal to wave flags upon their arrival at around 9pm.

Bob Gamble from the RBL said: "Unfortunately the weather conditions mean that our veterans will miss out on the activity the people of Portsmouth had planned for them as they arrived back.

"We're encouraging people to do whatever they can this evening from heading to the coast to wave the ship in to holding lit phone screens towards the ship so the veterans can see them."

They’d been to northern France to lay wreaths and hold a minute silence for those who died in the D-Day landings 75 years ago – the largest combined land, air and naval operation in history.