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D-Day 70: The Heroes Return

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    Posted by cricket-Angel Tucker (U3382697) ** on Friday, 6th June 2014

    No thread?

    Very emotional and impressive. The weather and the crowds really turned out for the veterans.

    And now some Spitfires.

    This might be the last large-scale remberance for WW2, where so many who took part can be there.

    smiley - peacedove

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    Posted by fortrosian (U2001738) on Friday, 6th June 2014

    I was listening to 5Live this morning and even Peter Allan was choked up, set me off!

    Coverage has been just brilliant

    Thank you BBC

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    Posted by wolfie (U15842015) on Friday, 6th June 2014

    Yes..I started a thread elsewhere cricket....


    Every time for the last thirty years they've been saying its the last one...

    I'm sure our leaders in ten years time won't be able to resist holding it again....

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    Posted by cricket-Angel Tucker (U3382697) ** on Friday, 6th June 2014

    The Veterans Association is disbanding this year, so this is a poignant one. But hopefully this day will still be honoured in future years too.

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    Posted by deliacooks (U15907597) on Friday, 6th June 2014

    Ive been watching this, on and off, since early this morning. All very moving. So glad the sun is shining so that the elderly participants are not too cold ( should include Her Majesty the Queen in that, too! She seems to be having a long day).

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    Posted by hollybeau (U13700692) ** on Friday, 6th June 2014

    I'm thoroughly enjoying this moving coverage by the BBC, had to wipe a tear away several times.smiley - sadface

    The Queen is still doing her duty so well for a lady of her years, hats off to you ma'am!

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    Posted by wolfie (U15842015) on Friday, 6th June 2014

    Hold on..holly.....the guys there are older than the queen..and yet you single out the queen for praise...

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    Posted by cricket-Angel Tucker (U3382697) ** on Friday, 6th June 2014

    Not taking anything away from the veterans. The Queen, as a Head of State (and a guest of honour), is not slacking in her duties despite her years.

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    Posted by Maxibaby (U14151672) on Friday, 6th June 2014

    Hold on..holly.....the guys there are older than the queen..and yet you single out the queen for praise...  What a niggardly remark in response to deserved praise. They are all amazing - both men and women, from the oldest survivor to the youngest - and I wish we had more like them nowadays.

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    Posted by hobleyduck (U13733006) on Friday, 6th June 2014

    The coverage has been excellent, from what I have seen, very emotional, glad it was a sunny day, but sorry I missed the Spitfires.

    I'm with wolfie, and don't buy into this Queen looking good for her age, or how does she manage it at her age saga, you have to bear in mind throughout her life she has had a lot of the hard graft of life, taken off her by various servants and helpers, so hardly a major surprise she looks well, and let us hope here health continues. This is the veterans day however, we must bear this in mind, but I was deeply offended to see Prince Charles rudely displaying medals on his chest, which are merely honary medals, this is a bit rich, when you consider what the veterans went through, and the deserved real medals they got, he should be ashamed of himself

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    Posted by deliacooks (U15907597) on Friday, 6th June 2014

    Not taking anything away from the veterans. The Queen, as a Head of State (and a guest of honour), is not slacking in her duties despite her years.  Absolutely. She will have a day of duties which would make most of us tired just to contemplate (& so will the Duke).

    We should all be proud today of all our armed forces, past and present.

    I should also like to remark that it was good to see the welcome given to Angela Merkel, after all 70 years have gone by and we all have to move on.

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    Posted by Rosemary (U7231409) on Friday, 6th June 2014

    Not taking anything away from the veterans. The Queen, as a Head of State (and a guest of honour), is not slacking in her duties despite her years.  Absolutely. She will have a day of duties which would make most of us tired just to contemplate (& so will the Duke).

    We should all be proud today of all our armed forces, past and present.

    I should also like to remark that it was good to see the welcome given to Angela Merkel, after all 70 years have gone by and we all have to move on. 
    Hear hear on every point you make. All those hundreds of thousands of brave men - on all sides - made enormous sacrifices and went through a hell most of us can't even imagine. They deserve our respect and gratitude.

    I too am very glad to see Angela Merkel there. A fitting symbol of reconciliation.

    Wonderful ceremonies, excellent broadcast. Well done.

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    Posted by wolfie (U15842015) on Friday, 6th June 2014

    Exactly..move on...then why are we having this today...

    It looks like we haven't moved on..

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    Posted by olderoses (U13772065) on Friday, 6th June 2014

    Stop sniping from the sidelines. We have moved on....let us pay our respects in a dignified way.

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    Posted by cricket-Angel Tucker (U3382697) ** on Friday, 6th June 2014

    Exactly..move on...then why are we having this today...

    It looks like we haven't moved on.. 
    Of course we've moved on.

    But we shouldn't forget the sacrifices and huge loss that have allowed us to do so.

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    Posted by hollybeau (U13700692) ** on Friday, 6th June 2014

    Hold on..holly.....the guys there are older than the queen..and yet you single out the queen for praise... 

    There's always one.smiley - doh

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    Posted by daringpillowtalk (U8409377) on Friday, 6th June 2014

    Hold on..holly.....the guys there are older than the queen..and yet you single out the queen for praise...  Nasty posting there wolfie. We are honouring a generation who fought and died for our freedom and that is yours matey. The Queen did a wonderful job and do not forget she was in the forces too as so was Prince Philip in the navy. The Queen's uncle was killed as were her mother's brother in war.
    The event was so moving still wiping my eyes, my dad came through the D-Day landings and lived on but it was thousands of sons, fathers , husbands who died for us. RIP and thank you.

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    Posted by Rosemary (U7231409) on Friday, 6th June 2014

    Almost on topic - I've just seen an article on the BBC website about an 89-year old veteran whose residential home refused him permission to go to Normandy for the ceremonies. In the evening he couldn't be found and the home reported him missing. The police traced him ... to Normandy. He'd gone anyway.

    I take my hat off to him, and shame on the petty bureacrats who thought they could dictate to a veteran of D-Day!

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    Posted by cricket-Angel Tucker (U3382697) ** on Friday, 6th June 2014

    Love that story smiley - biggrin

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    Posted by Pampy (U1022836) on Friday, 6th June 2014

    I've been enjoying this but was surprised that the BBC commentators weren't able to name every one of the leaders of the various countries when they were met by the French children and Francois Hollande. I know the camera work is being done by a French station but I would have thought the Beeb would have had a list (maybe with photos) of all the leaders who are attending.

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    Posted by deansay (U5811575) ** on Friday, 6th June 2014

    What I have seen of this, since about 1.30pm it's been excellent.

    Regarding the commentator's not knowing who every one was, was interesting. I tried guessing, and in 50% of the time I was right, mind you, you can spot a 'Royal' of the countries a mile off though.....could it be the way they 'hold themselves'. smiley - winkeye

    (I'll wait for the likes of wolfie to start throwing the bricks at me smiley - biggrin )

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    Posted by angelictennisfan (U8898769) on Friday, 6th June 2014

    The likes of wolfie should remember that it is because of the bravery of all the veterans of D Day that he can make the remarks he does. We all owe a huge debt of gratitude to all of the veterans, those still living and those who sadly lost their lives fighting for our freedom.

    I haven't been able to see much of the coverage yet but will catch up with it later.

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    Posted by Marion Winter (U16088358) on Friday, 6th June 2014

    I was listening to 5Live this morning and even Peter Allan was choked up, set me off!

    Coverage has been just brilliant

    Thank you BBC 
    I was a little taken aback at the lack of information and interest shown by the media about Canada´s involvement in the D-Day commemorations. Not much was said about their great sacrifice on Juno Beach. As a Canadian when I and my family were travelling in Normandy and we stayed at an inn there we were treated like celebrities when they knew we were Canadian. We also went of course to the Canadian cemetery where thousands of my country men gave their lives and again we were honoured. At the Ceremony at Sword Beach this morning, a real fuss was made over Angela Merkle (I know we have to be politically correct but really she represents the enemy to many people) and Putin, no one even noticed or said much about the Canadian Prime Minister. Really shocking.
    Marion Winter

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    Posted by Bidie-In (U2747062) on Friday, 6th June 2014

    Dipped in and out of the wonderful coverage - emotional, inspiring, heart warming - throughout the day. The weather could not be better (perhaps a little too hot) but it does not seem to be stopping those brave men.

    And the welcome they are receiving wherever they go - wow.

    Just surprised that no role could be found in the BBC coverage for Fearne Cotton......smiley - whistle

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    Posted by susiesar (U10941938) ** on Friday, 6th June 2014

    I was listening to 5Live this morning and even Peter Allan was choked up, set me off!

    Coverage has been just brilliant

    Thank you BBC 
    I was a little taken aback at the lack of information and interest shown by the media about Canada´s involvement in the D-Day commemorations. Not much was said about their great sacrifice on Juno Beach. As a Canadian when I and my family were travelling in Normandy and we stayed at an inn there we were treated like celebrities when they knew we were Canadian. We also went of course to the Canadian cemetery where thousands of my country men gave their lives and again we were honoured. At the Ceremony at Sword Beach this morning, a real fuss was made over Angela Merkle (I know we have to be politically correct but really she represents the enemy to many people) and Putin, no one even noticed or said much about the Canadian Prime Minister. Really shocking.
    Marion Winter 
    I have not caught up with the coverage yet but to say Angela Merkle is the enemy is totally wrong, the war was fighting Nazism not the Germans of today, as for President Putin you may not agree with him but he represents the enormous number of Russians who died in the war

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    Posted by Pampy (U1022836) on Friday, 6th June 2014

    Dipped in and out of the wonderful coverage - emotional, inspiring, heart warming - throughout the day. The weather could not be better (perhaps a little too hot) but it does not seem to be stopping those brave men.

    And the welcome they are receiving wherever they go - wow.

    Just surprised that no role could be found in the BBC coverage for Fearne Cotton......smiley - whistle 
    There's time yet smiley - smiley !

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    Posted by Bouillaguet (U14312340) on Friday, 6th June 2014

    I was listening to 5Live this morning and even Peter Allan was choked up, set me off!

    Coverage has been just brilliant

    Thank you BBC 
    I was a little taken aback at the lack of information and interest shown by the media about Canada´s involvement in the D-Day commemorations. Not much was said about their great sacrifice on Juno Beach. As a Canadian when I and my family were travelling in Normandy and we stayed at an inn there we were treated like celebrities when they knew we were Canadian. We also went of course to the Canadian cemetery where thousands of my country men gave their lives and again we were honoured. At the Ceremony at Sword Beach this morning, a real fuss was made over Angela Merkle (I know we have to be politically correct but really she represents the enemy to many people) and Putin, no one even noticed or said much about the Canadian Prime Minister. Really shocking.
    Marion Winter 
    In fairness there hasn't been much coverage of the U.S. veterans either and I presume that's because the various commemorative ceremonies were taking place at the different venues at the same time and it's only logical that on British TV there would be coverage of the British ceremony.

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    Posted by Pampy (U1022836) on Friday, 6th June 2014

    I was listening to 5Live this morning and even Peter Allan was choked up, set me off!

    Coverage has been just brilliant

    Thank you BBC 
    I was a little taken aback at the lack of information and interest shown by the media about Canada´s involvement in the D-Day commemorations. Not much was said about their great sacrifice on Juno Beach. As a Canadian when I and my family were travelling in Normandy and we stayed at an inn there we were treated like celebrities when they knew we were Canadian. We also went of course to the Canadian cemetery where thousands of my country men gave their lives and again we were honoured. At the Ceremony at Sword Beach this morning, a real fuss was made over Angela Merkle (I know we have to be politically correct but really she represents the enemy to many people) and Putin, no one even noticed or said much about the Canadian Prime Minister. Really shocking.
    Marion Winter 
    In fairness there hasn't been much coverage of the U.S. veterans either and I presume that's because the various commemorative ceremonies were taking place at the different venues at the same time and it's only logical that on British TV there would be coverage of the British ceremony. 
    The ceremony that's been shown this afternoon is the multi-national one - those for individual countries are taking place in other places. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are representing Great Britain at the UK one.

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    Posted by nosmokewithoutfire (U15472392) ** on Friday, 6th June 2014

    I was listening to 5Live this morning and even Peter Allan was choked up, set me off!

    Coverage has been just brilliant

    Thank you BBC 
    I was a little taken aback at the lack of information and interest shown by the media about Canada´s involvement in the D-Day commemorations. Not much was said about their great sacrifice on Juno Beach. As a Canadian when I and my family were travelling in Normandy and we stayed at an inn there we were treated like celebrities when they knew we were Canadian. We also went of course to the Canadian cemetery where thousands of my country men gave their lives and again we were honoured. At the Ceremony at Sword Beach this morning, a real fuss was made over Angela Merkle (I know we have to be politically correct but really she represents the enemy to many people) and Putin, no one even noticed or said much about the Canadian Prime Minister. Really shocking.
    Marion Winter 
    I have not caught up with the coverage yet but to say Angela Merkle is the enemy is totally wrong, the war was fighting Nazism not the Germans of today, as for President Putin you may not agree with him but he represents the enormous number of Russians who died in the war 
    Had to smile when Merkle didn.t seem to know where she was going on the red carpet.I,ve no problem with her being there but to say we were not fighting Germany is a bit rich.

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    Posted by Rosemary (U7231409) on Friday, 6th June 2014

    At the Ceremony at Sword Beach this morning, a real fuss was made over Angela Merkle (I know we have to be politically correct but really she represents the enemy to many people)  Oh dear, that's sad. How can she? She was born ten years after D-Day. I'd be very surprised if many of those D-Day veterans see her that way. Surely no German born since 1945 is responsible for the crimes of the Third Reich or needs to be considered the enemy nowadays.

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    Posted by deansay (U5811575) ** on Friday, 6th June 2014

    The likes of wolfie should remember that it is because of the bravery of all the veterans of D Day that he can make the remarks he does. We all owe a huge debt of gratitude to all of the veterans, those still living and those who sadly lost their lives fighting for our freedom.


    I totally agree, but unfortunately the likes of wolfie, and again unfortunately there are many of them, consider being able to speak freely is their right, and not given to them through the courageous actions of the WWII Veterans as a whole.

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    Posted by hollybeau (U13700692) ** on Friday, 6th June 2014

    Dipped in and out of the wonderful coverage - emotional, inspiring, heart warming - throughout the day. The weather could not be better (perhaps a little too hot) but it does not seem to be stopping those brave men.

    And the welcome they are receiving wherever they go - wow.

    Just surprised that no role could be found in the BBC coverage for Fearne Cotton......smiley - whistle 


    smiley - laugh

    Or Nicky Chapman, espectially as the weather was so good, she does like her jollys abroad.smiley - erm

    Wonderful to hear them singing Auld Lang Syne, they must be worn out poor things but they look as if they've all had a fabulous day albeit tinged with sadness.

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    Posted by GZ (U5310554) on Friday, 6th June 2014

    I think wolfie is just a bit worried about his status as the most prolific wind up merchant on these boards being threatened.

    The Polemecist and meddaboy have both been pretty active of late and seem to be making their own play for the title.

    I think wolfie just felt he needed to step up his game to keep the lead intact.

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    Posted by cricket-Angel Tucker (U3382697) ** on Friday, 6th June 2014

    At the Ceremony at Sword Beach this morning, a real fuss was made over Angela Merkle (I know we have to be politically correct but really she represents the enemy to many people) 

    She doesn't represent Nazism!!

    And there wasn't a fuss made over her. It was just nice to see her welcomed with the same warmth and affection as the other world leaders. This peace, this moving on, is what the veterans fought for.

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    Posted by Rosemary (U7231409) on Friday, 6th June 2014

    At the Ceremony at Sword Beach this morning, a real fuss was made over Angela Merkle (I know we have to be politically correct but really she represents the enemy to many people) 

    She doesn't represent Nazism!!

    And there wasn't a fuss made over her. It was just nice to see her welcomed with the same warmth and affection as the other world leaders. This peace, this moving on, is what the veterans fought for. 
    smiley - ok smiley - applause Well said.

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    Posted by fox-by-moonlight (U16026014) on Friday, 6th June 2014

    Have been watching these commemorations off and on all day .... magnificent. I've loved all the stories from the veterans especially one who said that a group of young French girls gave him paper hearts .... giving him their hearts because they saved their lives. Definitely a tear there. Also the chap who was wounded in his legs but captured two German soldiers, also wounded, and shared his morphine with them. They saved him from capture .... called him Comrade. Honour among the foot soldiers. More tears.

    These men have seen sights that no one should have seen; have heard things no one should have heard and I thank goodness for them. Without them, Europe might be an entirely different place.

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    Posted by susieroe (U1253912) on Friday, 6th June 2014

    i've only watched the last half-hour, but seeing and hearing the veterans (and the planes just now) leaves me choked up.
    But can I just say how impressed I was by the young lady intervioewer (in the blue dress) called Shaun I believe. Very respectful to all she interviewed, no gushing, no interrupting, just letting them tell their stories.

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    Posted by wolfie (U15842015) on Friday, 6th June 2014

    And was I criticising the men there...

    No of course not...

    I was criticising the poster that only praised the queen and didn't mention the guys there..

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    Posted by wolfie (U15842015) on Friday, 6th June 2014

    What a libelous thing to say gz...you shall be hearing from my solicitors forthwith...

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    Posted by H saunders (U16088393) on Friday, 6th June 2014

    Please convey my appreciation to Sian Williams for her sensitive approach and charming manner when interviewing the D day veterans. She showed a wonderful respect and intuition to the men and the occasion.

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    Posted by del macharg (U16088395) on Friday, 6th June 2014

    Just caught a wee bit of the BBC coverage there from Normandy; I thought that the BBC did an excellent job of their coverage! They hit the right note completely with their tone and production. Their presenters were top notch, informed, respectful and really looked like they wanted to be there. I thought , in particular, Huw Edwards' presentation was outstanding and I got the impression he really understood the importance of the occasion and how this day will be looked back as an historic day. The BBCs coverage will be an important part of the history of today and I'm glad we will be able to look back in years to come and remember the event with the quality of filming and presentation shown by the BBC today.

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    Posted by susiesar (U10941938) ** on Friday, 6th June 2014

    And was I criticising the men there...

    No of course not...

    I was criticising the poster that only praised the queen and didn't mention the guys there.. 
    Selective amnesia wolfie, Holly said she'd had to wipe away a tear several times before she praised the Queen who I'm sure the veterans think is one of them, as in
    she did her bit.

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    Posted by cricket-Angel Tucker (U3382697) ** on Friday, 6th June 2014

    At the Ceremony at Sword Beach this morning, a real fuss was made over Angela Merkle (I know we have to be politically correct but really she represents the enemy to many people) 

    Huw was particularly wonderful. He looked like he was getting quite emotional at times, but (unlike me) never choked.

    Sian and everyone else was excellent too.

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    Posted by lauriemar (U8562848) on Friday, 6th June 2014

    And was I criticising the men there...

    No of course not...

    I was criticising the poster that only praised the queen and didn't mention the guys there.. 
    I can see your point Wolfie and I don't think the Queen would be expecting any praise for carrying out her duties at such a humbling occasion. In fact ,I don't think anyone who attended would expect to receive praise for being there. The reasons are fairly obvious.

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    Posted by Martyn (U14949330) on Friday, 6th June 2014

    I was listening to 5Live this morning and even Peter Allan was choked up, set me off!

    Coverage has been just brilliant

    Thank you BBC 
    I was a little taken aback at the lack of information and interest shown by the media about Canada´s involvement in the D-Day commemorations. Not much was said about their great sacrifice on Juno Beach. As a Canadian when I and my family were travelling in Normandy and we stayed at an inn there we were treated like celebrities when they knew we were Canadian. We also went of course to the Canadian cemetery where thousands of my country men gave their lives and again we were honoured. At the Ceremony at Sword Beach this morning, a real fuss was made over Angela Merkle (I know we have to be politically correct but really she represents the enemy to many people) and Putin, no one even noticed or said much about the Canadian Prime Minister. Really shocking.
    Marion Winter 
    I believe that my Great Uncle Fred, who was in the Royal Engineers was with the Canadian forces when they landed on Juno Beach. His job, along with the others in his regiment was to clear the beach of the mines, but unfortunately he got blown up. Luckily though, he did survive. He always said how much admiration he had for the Canadian forces that he was with and so I have to agree that it is rather shocking that they weren't mentioned a great deal in the coverage of today's events in Normandy.

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    Posted by Maxibaby (U14151672) on Friday, 6th June 2014

    Please convey my appreciation to Sian Williams for her sensitive approach and charming manner when interviewing the D day veterans. She showed a wonderful respect and intuition to the men and the occasion.  I agree - she did very well indeed. No patronizing, but done with respect. So often an interviewer talks to old people being interviewed as if they are retarded children. Sian treated these wonderful old gentlemen like the star turns they are. Big round of applause from me.

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    Posted by del macharg (U16088395) on Friday, 6th June 2014

    I agree; I though Huw was going to let it go at the end but he held on. I wonder if Huw has a personal connection with Day?

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    Posted by the_cleaner (U3423083) on Friday, 6th June 2014

    I've been enjoying this but was surprised that the BBC commentators weren't able to name every one of the leaders of the various countries when they were met by the French children and Francois Hollande. I know the camera work is being done by a French station but I would have thought the Beeb would have had a list (maybe with photos) of all the leaders who are attending.  Alastair Bruce on SKY News, knew most, if not all....But for most of the coverage, I watch it on the BEEB, and very good it was too.

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    Posted by monic1511 (U1768751) on Friday, 6th June 2014

    Please convey my appreciation to Sian Williams for her sensitive approach and charming manner when interviewing the D day veterans. She showed a wonderful respect and intuition to the men and the occasion.  I thought it was great that Sian was able to chat quite happily to the men and wasn't flustered when one said "I'm up for adoption, you know" lol
    I bet she has had lots of laughs with a bunch of great characters

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    Posted by GZ (U5310554) on Friday, 6th June 2014

    What a libelous thing to say gz...you shall be hearing from my solicitors forthwith...  I'll keep a light burning on the front porch. smiley - winkeye

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