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American Veteran Dies on Eve of D-Day Trip

An American veteran who was among the first wave of soldiers to land on Omaha beach on D-Day has died at the age of 90, just a couple of weeks before the 69th anniversary of the landings, it has been confirmed.

Steve Kellman was injured during the first days of the liberation of France and was sent to England to recover before returning to continue taking part in the battle of Normandy.

He returned to Omaha beach for the first time since the war in 2007 with his grand daughter and again in 2011 when he took part in the ceremony at Vierville-sur-Mer and Pointe du Hoc.

Tour de France Discovery Ride

Want to feel like Sir Bradley Wiggins, well cyclists wishing to take part in a public ride along the same Normandy route as the Tour de France have until the 03 June to sign up at the town hall in Avranches, officials have confirmed.

The 33 kilometer ride on 15 June is open to everyone from the age of 14 years and followes the same route from Avranches to Mont-Saint-Michel as the tour.

Organisers said that it is not a race, but a route to discover the countryside which will feature in the famous race which arrives in Normandy for a time trial in July.

Coastal Gardens Open This Weekend

This weekend a number of private gardens will be open in Normandy as part of an open garden event focussing on natural planting.

The gardens, along the Cotentin coast from Mont Saint Michel to The Hague, will charge a few euros as an entry fee although some are free. It gives keen gardeners the chance to see different plant schemes that cope with the often windy and harsh coastal conditions.

They include La Ferme des Roches at Martinvast, Clos des Rosiers at Hardinvast, Clairbois at Brix, Château Belleneau at Saint-Côme du Mont, La Croquerie at Longueville, Paroles de Plantes at La Haye Pesnel, and Les Fleurs du Cassel at Isigny-le-Buat.

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About Ray Clancy

Ray Clancy has 20 years experience in journalism including contributing articles to print and on-line publications such as, Property World Middle East and websites for estate agents. She has also written for the Daily Telegraph and Mail on Sunday.

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