12:00pm Wednesday 11th June 2014
By Sarah Yates
VETERAN Ivor Adams is disappointed that Stroud had no celebrations to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day.
Mr Adams, 89, of the Paganhill estate, Stroud flew to Bayeux, Normandy, in 1944, with his fellow soldiers, where he experienced the “most frightening” weeks of his life.
The landings of troops in Normandy were the first stage of the invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe.
By the end of D-Day on June, 6 1944, the Allies had established a foothold in France – an event that would eventually help bring the war to an end.
Mr Adams, originally from Swindon, commemorated with a trip to Stroud and a pint in the pub as he reminisced on his time serving on the force.
Father to two, great-grandfather to eight and great-great-grandfather to three, Mr Adams spent a matter of weeks at war before suffering an injury.
Mr Adams said: “I was out in Normandy for about four to five weeks and I would be lying if I said those weeks were not the most frightening weeks of my life.”
He stressed his upset as Stroud District Council had not organised anything for the community to commemorate.
“I was the only soldier standing outside the Sub Rooms in Stroud with my uniform and medals and not one other person was there,” he said.
“I am disappointed with the council for not organising anything to celebrate.
“London, France, America and Germany all commemorated, so why didn’t Stroud?”
A spokesman for Stroud District Council said: “The events to mark the anniversary of the D-Day landings were predominantly focused on the areas on the south coast and in France for the day of the landings.
“With this in mind, activity was concentrated in these areas and many councils across the country will not have held ceremonies.
“Of course we have tremendous respect for our armed forces and always remember their bravery and sacrifice every year on Armistice Day and on Armed Forces Day.”
Mr Adams is now cared for by his daughter Pam Portlock, whom he describes as “his angel”.
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