Bravery of D-Day landings remembered

30 May 2014

Laying wreaths: MP Hywel Francis.

Laying wreaths: MP Hywel Francis.

The brave men and women from Port Talbot who took part in the D-Day landings will be remembered in a wreath laying ceremony on June 6.

Aberavon MP Hywel Francis is travelling to Normandy to lay wreaths in recognition of the sacrifices of local servicemen and women on the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, which began the long road to victory in World War Two.

Dr Francis said: “I feel it important to recognise the sacrifice of local people and indeed everyone else who participated in the D-Day Landings on June 6th 1944.

“Following a meeting with the Port Talbot Royal British Legion, I have agreed to lay a wreath on behalf of local members at the Bayeux Cemetery.

Aberavon chairman Andrew John, whose father Ivor Vaughan John was awarded the Military Cross.

Aberavon chairman Andrew John, whose father Ivor Vaughan John was awarded the Military Cross.

“We are proud of the very many local people who served bravely and with distinction throughout the Second World War including the late Ivor Vaughan John, the father of Andrew Vaughan John, chairman of Aberavon RFC, who received the Military Cross for his distinguished service at Dunkirk.

“I also recently met with Alan Goode, whose father George Goode was in the early days of the Normandy Landings.”

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