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Dunkirk Little Ships heading back to Ipswich for Waterfront reunion

PUBLISHED: 09:44 24 April 2018 | UPDATED: 16:51 24 April 2018

Hundreds gathered for a remembrance service of the Dunkirk Little Ships at the Haven Marina in Ipswich in 2013. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Hundreds gathered for a remembrance service of the Dunkirk Little Ships at the Haven Marina in Ipswich in 2013. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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Ipswich is to play host to another gathering of the Dunkirk Little Ships over the late May bank holiday.

The ships – which helped to save the British Army that was stranded on the beach of the French port in 1940 – will be paying their first visit to the town since 2013 from May 26-28.

The ships are all veterans of the heroic Dunkirk flotilla in May 1940, when 700 small boats joined the Royal Navy to rescue 338,000 British and French troops from the threat of Nazi capture in northern France.

The visit to Ipswich, organised by the Association of Dunkirk Little Ships and the borough council, will include a thanksgiving and memorial service, with wreath-laying, at the Ipswich Haven Marina on Sunday 27th May at 11am.

The story of the rescue caught the public spotlight again last year with the release of the Dunkirk film – now the public will be able to inspect the real ships during their visit to Ipswich.


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