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Free boat rides offered to commemorate D-Day 80

Weymouth Town Council is teaming up with Coastline Cruises to offer free boat trips from Weymouth to Portland on four dates in June highlighting the crucial role this region played in the D-Day operations during World War II.  

To mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day, the free boat tours are available exclusively for Weymouth residents living in the DT3 and DT4 postcode, subject to availability and will be offered first come first served. The return trips will depart from Weymouth Harbour, providing local people with an opportunity to reflect on the significance of D-Day while enjoying the picturesque coastal scenery. The cruises will take place on June 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th, with multiple departures throughout to accommodate as many participants as possible. 

Weymouth Mayor Cllr Jon Orrell said: “We are delighted to team up with Coastline Cruises to offer free boat trips discovering more about the role Weymouth and Portland harbours played in D-Day, which served as a crucial embarkation point for the Allied / US troops heading to Normandy. The free tickets are subject to availability so please book directly with Coastline Cruises to take advantage of this exclusive offer.”  

Kevin Jones from Coastline Cruises said: “We are honoured to be making the MV My Girl available to commemorate the 80th Anniversary of Operation Overlord D-Day. As part of this special occasion, Coastline Cruises is offering locals a complimentary return boat cruise from Weymouth to Portland. 

“My Girl provided vital military service during WWII and will provide an exceptional experience for passengers as they journey to Portland. By offering these free cruises, we hope to provide a memorable experience for the local community while honouring the legacy of those who participated in D-Day.” 

Cruises from Weymouth to Portland (Brewers Quay, Weymouth): 

Cruises from Portland to Weymouth (Crabbers Wharf, Castletown, Portland): 

Booking Information terms and conditions: 

To book one of the free tours, email dday@coastlinecruises.com giving your preferred and alternative departure and return date and times along with your home postcode. 

You must bring proof of address on the day of the tour (a driver’s license for example). Your booking will be confirmed once you receive a confirmation email from Coastline Cruises. 

Also Included: 

1. Commemorative leaflet about the role Weymouth and Portland Harbour had in the D-Day embarkations,  

3. Portland D-Day walk leaflet for those interested in understanding the island’s role in the lead-up to D-Day and the Liberation. 

4. Residents of Weymouth and Portland can also visit the D-Day Centre Castletown at 50% discount on Thursday 6th June. 

Subject to: 

ENDS 

Notes to Editors  

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