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Isle of Wight holiday for D-Day veteran

Mon 18 Oct 2010

Isle of Wight holiday for D-Day veteran

A veteran who fought for Britain has finally taken an Isle of Wight holiday which has been in the planning stages for decades.

Len Townsend, now 89, was on the brink of an Isle of Wight holiday to stay with friends at a park on the island when it was turned into a training facility for the armed forces.

Although Mr Townsend - who was one of the first Allied troops to land on the beaches at Normandy - received a credit note for the cancelled break, he forgot all about it.

But 71 years later he mentioned the Isle of Wight holiday to his son Jeremy, who called the Bembridge Coast Hotel operator, which agreed to fulfil the original credit note.

"I was surprised when he told me they were going to give us a holiday. It was a very nice weekend - I'm glad I got here in the end," Mr Townsend told the Mirror.

Joanne O'Connor of the Telegraph recently suggested that an Isle of Wight holiday could be a good half-term activity.

Posted by Jon NobleADNFCR-3083-ID-800121567-ADNFCR

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