​DFDS Hosts Dunkirk Veterans and their Families Onboard

Dunkirk Veterans sail to France for Operation Dynamo Commemorations.

Yesterday (May 21), award-winning ferry operator, DFDS, hosted 27 veterans and their families as they travelled to Dunkirk in order to take part in the commemorations of the 75th anniversary of Operation Dynamo.

During the crossing from Dover to Dunkirk, the Bournemouth and District Dunkirk Veterans held a wreath-laying ceremony onboard DFDS ferry, Dunkerque Seaways. Conducted by Reverend Barry Kent, the moving ceremony was held in memory of those who lost their lives during the evacuation of the Dunkirk beaches in 1940.

The group comprised WWII veterans, widows and their families, including Dunkirk Veteran Arthur Taylor, who was accompanied by his two sons, Nicolas Taylor and Major Stephen Taylor (Retired), and his grandson, Major Stuart Taylor, who is still a serving officer. Arthur is President of the Bournemouth and District Dunkirk Veterans, which has awarded a £15,000 grant to make a trip to Dunkirk for the anniversary of the evacuation.

Other members of the group included: Wing Commander Phil Ping MBE BEM MSM, who was imprisoned in a Japanese prisoner of war camp when he was eight years old; Eldon (Bob) Roberts, who was the second Canadian soldier ashore on Juno beach on D Day; George Gowers, who served in the RAF for over 22 years; Donald Tomkins, who served in the Royal Artillery; Betty Byford who served in the WRAF in Algeria and Cairo during WWII.

Operation Dynamo

Operation Dynamo involved the evacuation of over 300,000 British and Allied troops from the beaches of Dunkirk beaches in May 1940. Widely regarded as one of the UK’s proudest military moments, showcasing a never-say-die attitude, Operation Dynamo is credited with not only saving thousands of lives, but also with helping to turn the tide of the war in favour of the Allied Forces.

Many of the “little ships of Dunkirk”, which were involved in the evacuation, also sailed to Dunkirk from Ramsgate yesterday as part of the commemorations.

Further details of Operation Dynamo commemorations and events taking place in Dunkirk over the bank holiday weekend can be found at www.dunkirk-tourism.com.

Dover-Dunkirk Ferry Service

DFDS Seaway’s ferry service from Dover to Dunkirk provides an easy two-hour crossing to Dunkirk in northern France, operating up to 24 daily sailings on the route.

In honour of the Operation Dynamo anniversary, DFDS is offering passengers a special fixed fare of £75 return for a car and up to nine passengers on its Dover to Dunkirk ferry service.

Those wanting to travel to Dunkirk using this offer, will also receive a free commemorative issue of the front page of the Daily Express from the morning after the Operation Dynamo evacuations, on 28 May 1940.

The offer is valid for bookings made by 31 May, for travel on selected dates until 11 December.
To book this offer now, or for more travel inspiration, visit http://www.dfds.co.uk, or telephone 0871 574 7235, using code EOD75.

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Notes to Editors

About DFDS

DFDS is Northern Europe’s largest integrated shipping and logistics company, with a network of around 30 routes and 50 freight and passenger ships.

DFDS prides itself on offering world-class facilities and services and the widest choice of ferry routes into northern Europe.

In the UK, the company operates passenger ferry services on routes from Dover to Calais, Dover to Dunkirk, Newcastle to Amsterdam and Newhaven to Dieppe.

DFDS has been named the ‘World’s Leading Ferry Operator’ for the last four years (2011-14), as well as ‘Europe’s Leading Ferry Operator’ at the prestigious 2014 World Travel Awards. It was also the only recommended ferry operator nominated by Which? Travel (2011).

DFDS operates up to 44 sailings a day between Dover and France on its Dover-Dunkirk and Dover-Calais routes.  It also offers two daily sailings between Newcastle and Amsterdam. In addition, the DFDS network includes a passenger and freight service between Newhaven to Dieppe, which has four daily sailings and is operated by Transmanche Ferries. For further information about DFDS, or to find out about the latest sailing times, fares and offers across all routes from the UK, visit www.dfds.co.uk.


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