Weather clears up for the 71st anniversary of the Dieppe Raid

Some of the crowd waiting for the service to begin.  Veteran of the Raid Perky Mellow is second from the right in the front row.
Some of the crowd waiting for the service to begin. Veteran of the Raid Perky Mellow is second from the right in the front row.
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The sun shone broke through the rain for the commemoration of the 71st anniversary of the Dieppe Raid on Sunday August 11 in Newhaven.

A good sized crowd gathered at the Memorial Gardens in South Way to see the parade arrive from Denton Island and the wreath laying ceremony.

The Mayor of Newhaven Julie Carr, with (left) Lt Col Travis Phillips of the US Embassy and (right) Lt Col Peter Kouri of the Canadian High Commission.

The Mayor of Newhaven Julie Carr, with (left) Lt Col Travis Phillips of the US Embassy and (right) Lt Col Peter Kouri of the Canadian High Commission.

Two British veterans of the raid laid wreaths this year: Perky Mellow, the coxswain of one of the craft landing troops on the beach – and Alan Saunders, a now blind veteran who was in the Royal Marines.

Lt Col Peter Kouri, representing the Canadian High Commissioner, said afterwards how honoured he felt that so many people had made the effort to come to the service and remember his fellow countrymen who had died during the raid.

Other dignitaries attending the service and laying wreaths included the mayor of Newhaven, the deputy mayor of Dieppe, a representative from the US Embassy and the chairs of East Sussex County Council and Lewes District Council.