it great to see, so many places bedecked with the flag of St George and bunting. For many
of us the English flag still has great meaning as we are proud to be English. Hunts as
always were flying their gigantic flag right in the centre of town, other places had
smaller but no less effective flags and bunting blowing in the wind. My personal favourite
was Nobbys, they not only had flags and bunting, but every one of the staff were wearing
England tops with George and the dragon emblazoned on the back!
now let us look forward to 6th June, the 60th anniversary of D-Day. The planning of the
greatest seaborne invasion ever took four years in the preparation. Operation Overlord,
the Allied invasion of Normandy on 6 June 1944, marked the beginning of the end of World
War II and the eventual liberation of Europe. It was agreed that five landing beaches,
covering a distance of 40 miles would be used. Five divisions would attack in the first
wave, with four more divisions landing in the following 24 hours. The Americans would land
on the beaches which lay either side of the River Vire estuary, these were codenamed,
"OMAHA" and "UTAH". The British and Canadians would land on the
eastern beaches which stretched to the River Orne estuary. These would be codenamed,
"SWORD" "JUNO" AND "GOLD".
exact number of casualties suffered in the invasion of Normandy will never be known. It is
estimated that from the United Kingdon alone 11,000 were killed and 54,000 wounded or
missing. Many of those who took part in this invasion have sadly passed away, but there
are several left in Sheringham, so on 6th June why not fly the Union Flag to show your
appreciation of the part they played in bringing about the end of the Great War.