VETERANS AT D-DAY SAILING CUP CELEBRATIONS
Story by Helen Playford New Milton
A wonderful sunny Saturday on June 11th was part of the atmosphere to celebrate the winner of the D-Day Sailing Cup at Hythe Sailing Club. Vice Commodore Trevor Tennison welcomed all veterans and guests. The warm afternoon enjoyed calm waters and views from the balcony giving everyone a opportunity to reflect the history of the wartime activity on the waterfront.
Invited guests included MP Desmond Swayne and Moira Swayne, MBE Peter Hodge and Jo Hodge (from Bristol) and Deputy Vice Chairman Gordon Berryman and his daughter Sue Hine.
The rooms were decorated with Flags and festive colours of Red, White and Blue theme and included a special cake in the shape of the Normandy coastline. The cake and all the decorations where donated by Sue and Mike Mitchell. A special thanks for their contribution, as they had both recently had major surgery.
This being the 5th year, 96year old Normandy Veteran Bill Price L díHon, (the originator of the Cup), congratulated Peter Browning on his close finish with his boat Laser. The race was run on June 4th, a warm NE onshore force 4 to 5 wind, the race was a rectangular course around the moorings, taking in Southampton and Deans Elbow.
The welcoming address by Bill Price reminded everyone of the significance of Operation Overlord as a turning point in warefare operations by the Channel crossing on 6th June 1944 from Southampton waters. The pier was visited by King George VI in 1944 in great secrecy prior to the embarkation of WW2 troops to Normandy. Hythe has also had some famous residents including TE Laurence (Laurence of Arabia) and Sir Christoper Cockerell (inventor of the Hovercraft).
One the day of the Trooping of the Colour, two Royal birthdays were toasted by all present on the day
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