On the 5th June, the 75th D Day Anniversary commemorations took place in Portsmouth. 300 veterans and 60,000 members of public attended. Alongside heads of state from around the world, including HRH Queen Elizabeth II, French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
The event saw the famous Red Arrows flypast followed by RAF aircrafts and Daks over Normandy. The MV Boudicca set sail before sunset carrying 300 Normandy veterans across the channel to Normandy. The ship was escorted by a Royal Navy vessel, representing the famous crossing 75 years before.
As a Group, we are proud to have been involved in this fantastic celebration.
How it happened
One of our newest members of The Kings Ferry Group, Stewarts Coaches, secured the contract to provide transport for the D Day Anniversary. The event required 27 coaches to transport veterans, members of parliament and the press. The coaches came from every member of the group; The Kings Ferry, Clarkes of London, Stewarts Coaches and Woods Coaches.
On the day
Heading to Portsmouth for an early 4am start, the drivers shuttled invited guests to and from the event until 8pm that evening.
We had drivers from all four businesses on-site, including some ex-Commonwealth Soldiers who wore their medals in honour.
The event was a huge success with organisers saying, “it was the best delivery of a transport plan we have seen”. The veterans were extremely grateful and expressed their heartfelt thanks to the team at the end of the day.
To be asked to provide transport for such a historic commemoration was incredibly rewarding. With everyone involved saying it was an emotional day that everyone was honoured to be a part of.