Royal Navy veteran from village near Whitby creates D Day poppies tribute

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A man from Great Fryupdale has been inspired to create a touching tribute to mark the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

Andy Pitt, who served in the Royal Navy, has created a display of poppies which runs the full length of his property, along with a silhouette of a soldier,

along a grass verge.

Mr Pitt said the original D-day date was June 3, which is his birthday, but it was delayed as it wasn’t considered safe to put ships out in a storm, so they went out on June 6 instead.

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Andy Pitt of Great Fryupdale and his display to honour the D Day landings.picture: Richard PonterAndy Pitt of Great Fryupdale and his display to honour the D Day landings.picture: Richard Ponter
Andy Pitt of Great Fryupdale and his display to honour the D Day landings.picture: Richard Ponter

"I served in the Royal Navy when I was younger and was only three days old when the landings took place,” he said.

"I've done it out of respect to the troops.

"It was nice to do a tribute to the D-day landings so that it’s not forgotten across the country, including in the remote areas.”

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