Appeal to Islanders for Memorabilia Mementos and Stories!

The 70th anniversary of D-Day is just two months away and organisers of an initiative to fully commemorate this history-changing event are appealing for help.

If you have or know of anyone who has memorabilia momentos or stories from 1944 then you could be instrumental in the commemoration events.

Hayling was a throbbing hot-bed of military action as plans were laid for the all-out
assault on the Normandy Beaches. Mock invasions took place on the beach in front of the now defunct Royal Hotel. Troops were stationed in Northney spending their money in local shops and hostelries. Landing Craft were built in Sparkes Boatyard and the legendary and inventive Mulberry Harbour was assembled on the Island.

Meanwhile neighbouring Portsmouth attracted heavy German bombing.

All of these events and more left an indelible mark on Haylings population and these reminiscences could form a vital part of a Collage exhibition Memories Are Made of This which will be assembled at Hayling Library and aligned to other events taking place in the Borough of Havant.

Resident Leslie Kelly is keen to hear from anyone with quite literally any information.

She can be contacted on 07881 958 715 or by e-mail: