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D Day remembered, Bantam style
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Bryan Price
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Hello all: readers of this Forum will know that 6th June is the anniversary of D Day. I came across an article written by club member Richard Macdougall-Smith, following his month-long tour on his D1 Bantam around the Normandy beaches back in early June 2009. He was accompanied by a mucker on a modern machine. Read on...

"...the pair circled back to the coast, and visited the Longues-Sur-Mer coastal battery: this gun emplacement dominated both British and US landing beaches on D Day. They looked for somewhere to park up.

An old boy with a chest full of medals suddenly looked up and pointed a walking stick in Richard’s direction. He stopped the bike as the old chap came over with a huge smile, supported by his two sons. “A Bantam!” he said.

Then he turned to one of his sons and said: “That was my first bike after leaving the Army.  Your mother and I used to strap a blanket to the tank and go off on it.  That’s why we had to get married in a bit of a rush.” He then looked at Richard and said: “You got her all this way?  Damn good of you!  Now let’s go and look at the guns - not seen the beggars since we shut them up”.

One of the sons waited a bit and said: “That’s the first time Dad has had such a big grin on his face since we started the trip.  Thanks!...”

I read today that a new memorial has been unveiled for the British and Commonwealth soldiers who died in the Normandy campaign, just behind the beachhead. Not before time. Sounds like an ideal first location for a Bantam-borne tour of Normandy, once the Covid-thing is all over. 

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June 7, 2021 - 6:04 am
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Count me in...I will sign up for a tour of Normandy right now.

Bryan Price said
Hello all: readers of this Forum will know that 6th June is the anniversary of D Day. I came across an article written by club member Richard Macdougall-Smith, following his month-long tour on his D1 Bantam around the Normandy beaches back in early June 2009. He was accompanied by a mucker on a modern machine. Read on...

"...the pair circled back to the coast, and visited the Longues-Sur-Mer coastal battery: this gun emplacement dominated both British and US landing beaches on D Day. They looked for somewhere to park up.

An old boy with a chest full of medals suddenly looked up and pointed a walking stick in Richard’s direction. He stopped the bike as the old chap came over with a huge smile, supported by his two sons. “A Bantam!” he said.

Then he turned to one of his sons and said: “That was my first bike after leaving the Army.  Your mother and I used to strap a blanket to the tank and go off on it.  That’s why we had to get married in a bit of a rush.” He then looked at Richard and said: “You got her all this way?  Damn good of you!  Now let’s go and look at the guns - not seen the beggars since we shut them up”.

One of the sons waited a bit and said: “That’s the first time Dad has had such a big grin on his face since we started the trip.  Thanks!...”

I read today that a new memorial has been unveiled for the British and Commonwealth soldiers who died in the Normandy campaign, just behind the beachhead. Not before time. Sounds like an ideal first location for a Bantam-borne tour of Normandy, once the Covid-thing 

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June 7, 2021 - 8:06 am
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I shall keep an interested eye on this.

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June 7, 2021 - 11:12 pm
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Lovely story. thumbs-up

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