Emotional scenes were witnessed as veterans returned to Caen, many for the first time since the events of 1944
The MBM fleet are enjoying an extented stay in the historical city of Caen, Normandy. The cruise of 25 boats were there for celebrations of the 60th aniversary of the Normandy landings. Our crews have been touring the battlefields and visiting historical sights such as the Pegasus Bridge and surrounding museums and monuments.
There were emotional scenes as veterans returned to Caen, many for the first time since the events of 1944. Madame Goutre was at the Cafe Goudree at the Pegasus Bridge to welcome them, many of whom were visiting from Britain and America.
Yesterday the Caen Yacht Club hosted a welcoming drinks party for the MBM fleet. Tonight the fleet will attend a gala dinner at the La Longe Restaurant in Caen.
The boats depart tomorrow for Deauville, a 22 mile passage back along the canal, through the lock at Ouistreham and east. The sandy beaches and marina at Deauville will be a welcome change for the party who have spent the last six days landlocked in the fresh water basin of Caen. With a one nights stop in Deauville, the fleet plan to move to Fecamp and then to St Valery en Caux. They return to Brighton and the Solent on Saturday.Normandy D-Day cruise 2004
MBM Fleet Celebrate D-Day 60th Anniversary Caen
Emotional scenes were witnessed as veterans returned to Caen, many for the first time since the events of 1944 (7 June 2004).
MBM Fleet Back in the Solent
The historic town of St Valery en Caux was to be the last port of call of call (15 June 2004).