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Journey to Normandy under way.

Byline: Report by Aimee Jones

A group of family and friends with a passion for restoring vintage military vehicles is heading to Normandy to take part in events to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

Ben Kaye, 42, of Mytton, near Shrewsbury, has enlisted help from his father, Tom, 72, and friends Peter Meakin from Bomere Heath and Robin Frostick from Vennington to restore a 1940 AEC Matador medium artillery tractor especially for the historic anniversary.

Also making the 300-mile journey to Normandy beaches at Arromanches will be a 1940 Scammell Pioneer R100 heavy artillery tractor. Ben will be joined on the trip by his wife Emma, sons Sam, 10, and Will, eight, parents, Tom and Julie and friends Robin and Helen Frostick and Peter. Pat Jagger, from Pentre, is transporting the Scammell Pioneer R100 on a low loader. To ensure that the vehicles run smoothly during their French adventure, Shrewsbury-based Morris Lubricants has donated heavy duty engine and gear oils to Ben, a loyal customer. The Kaye family and friends left for France on Friday and will take part in a series of parades and events in the week leading up to the D-Day anniversary.

They will be taking with them a wreath to be laid in the sea on behalf of Emma's grandfather, Charles Owen, a former Royal British Legion parade marshal and a white ensign belonging to Ben's former primary school teacher, Ann Malpass from Mytton, which was displayed on a gunboat captained by her late father on D-Day, June 6, 1944.

"It's a great responsibility to take the white ensign because few flags survived after the D-Day landings, which makes it rare and valuable," Ben said.

"We will be on the beach at Arromanches early on the morning of June 6 and we all have to be off the beach early because of a high tide. There will be veterans there for the events and we think it's important for them to be spotlighted for what they did for us 75 years ago."

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Ben Kaye has enlisted help from his father Tom and friends Peter and Robin to restore a 1940 AEC Matador medium artillery tractor

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Publication:Shropshire Star (Shropshire, England)
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Date:Jun 3, 2019
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