ITV’s ‘This Morning’ joined Manxman Hector Duff MM BEM and his family as he travelled through Portsmouth and onto Normandy to prepare for the anniversary of D-Day.
The programme will be shown today, the eve of the 70th anniversary of the Allied invasion of France.
While he is in France, Hector, who lives in Douglas and was a police officer after the war, will be presented with the Legion of Honour Medal by French President François Holland.
To commemorate D-Day Isle of Man Stamps and Coins, which worked with ITV for the programme, produced a set of six stamps, commemorative sheet and limited edition folder which were released on May 8.
The stamps that were inspired by the personal experiences of veteran Hector, one of the many from the Isle of Man who was involved in D-Day and the subsequent push into Europe were produced in support of the Royal British Legion and The Normandy Veterans’ Association and have been carried to Normandy by Hector as he made his emotional return.
Hector’s story of events, chronicled by Colonel Charles Wilson of the Isle of Man Cadet Force, describes how he looked at D-Day as a crossroads between the long war already fought and the final push at the end of the Second World War.
His account builds a clear picture of the events that unfolded on the day he landed, from the rough Channel crossing in the landing craft to the realisation of the hundreds and hundreds of vessels surrounding them and his discomfort at the heavy firing and number dead and wounded already on the beach and in the water.
Maxine Cannon, general manager of Isle of Man Stamps and Coins said: ‘We are delighted with the stamps and the fact that Hector will be taking these with him on his journey. To be presented with Legion of Honour will be a proud moment for Hector and we feel privileged to be part of the occasion with him.’