15th September 2003

 

CALLING ALL NORMANDY VETERANS

 

A photographic exhibition paying tribute to veterans of the D-Day landings in Normandy in 1944 is to go on display in Hull this week.

 

Hull photographer Trevor Betts has spent five years compiling a photographic documentary of the activities of the Normandy veterans.

 

Now he’s displaying his photographs at the EICH Gallery on George Street – part of the University of Lincoln – and he’s calling all Normandy Vets to come and see them.

 

Trevor accompanied members of the Hull and District branch of the Normandy Veterans Association on their 55th anniversary visit to Normandy in June 1999.

 

He has also travelled with veterans to various UK locations, documenting their attendance at parades, memorial services and ceremonies.

 

The result is a poignant mixture of documentary, portraiture, landscape and still life photographs featuring the D-Day beaches, memorials, villages… and the veterans themselves.

 

“This is an important project because we are fast running out of living memory in this conflict and generation,” said Trevor, of Arundel Close in Hull.

 

“It goes without saying that I would like to display the photographs in as many diverse venues as possible leading up to the 60th anniversary of D-Day in June 2004.”

 

The exhibition which opens on Wednesday (17th September) and runs until 10th October is the last time the images will be seen in Hull, but three separate exhibitions are taking place at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford, the Museum of Lincolnshire Life in Lincoln and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Visitor Centre at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire.

 

The gallery is open Monday to Saturday from 10am until 4.30pm. Admission is free.

 

There will be a photo opportunity for press at the EICH Gallery at 1pm on Wednesday 17th September. All Normandy veterans who would like to join in are invited to attend.

 

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Caption: The Hull and Dsitrict NVA standard bearer Phil Fisher (centre) waits for the order to march before the Remembrance Day service in Hull, November 1998.

 

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Caption: Photographer Trevor Betts pictured at the EICH Gallery with Normandy Veterans Jim Betts (left) and Phil Kirby (right)

 

For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)                 email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

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