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YORK D-Day veteran Ken Cooke has returned to the Normandy beaches where he splashed ashore 80 years ago to take part in a moving anniversary ceremony.

The 98-year-old, who still lives on his own just off Hull Road, will be helping to scatter the ashes of two fellow York Normandy veterans

Trooper Sid Metcalfe and Flying Officer Douglas Petty, both of whom died in late 2022.

Speaking to The Press ahead of his trip, the veteran admitted: “It will definitely be emotional.”

Ken recalls the D-Day landings almost as if they were yesterday.

He was a young private with the Green Howards when he landed at Gold Beach on June 6, 1944.

 

 

READ MORE: 'I was right scared': York Normandy veteran Joseph recalls 'noise and fear' of D-Day



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