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D-Day 75 - Travel Offer

This 4 day commemorative event will include a military parade along the seafront, music including performances by military bands, readings by VIPs and a flypast. Other features will include a Royal Collection Trust exhibition and screenings to show the Normandy Commemorations live. 

Travel Offers

75% off Travel for Veterans

Veterans can receive a 75% discount off our standard adult fares from Ryde -Southsea on the 5th, 6th, 7th & 9th June on production on a valid Veterants I.D Card.

75 Free Tickets for for Isle of Wight Veterans

We are offering 75 free tickets for Isle of Wight Veterans on application.

To apply simply choose one of the following;

  • Email: info@hovertravel.com entering DD75 free Tickets’ in the subject header
  • Joint request from a Veterans association – on behalf of members
  • Message Hovertravel on Facebook or Twitter  @hovertravelltd
  • Call 01983 717700 requesting tickets.

Terms & Conditions

  • Discount only valid on standard adult fares, not Blue Card or senior
  • Discount only valid from Ryde to Southsea 
  • Discount only valid on  the 5th, 6th, 7th & 9th June 2019
  • Discount only valid on production of Veterans I.D Card on the day of travel in our terminal. 
  • Discount only valid for card holder - no plus one


Before sunset on the 5 June, MV Boudicca, a specially-chartered ship for 300 Normandy veterans (procured by funds from The Royal British Legion and a LIBOR grant from HM Treasury) will transport veterans across the channel to Normandy. It will be escorted by a Royal Navy vessel, representing the famous crossing 75 years before.

The ship will accommodate the veterans for the duration of their visit to Normandy and is being provided to the veterans at no cost. Veterans who wish to travel on the ship should contact The Royal British Legion to register interest.

The key events will include an inauguration at the site of the Normandy Memorial Trust’s British Normandy Memorial and The Royal British Legion’s services at Bayeux Cathedral and Bayeux Cemetery. The commemorations will conclude with an evening of music and entertainment beside the beaches in Arromanches. Around 2000 current serving personnel will offer support to veterans both in the UK and in France, while also taking part in the various ceremonial events.

Combined with the launch the Defence Secretary has written an open letter to Normandy veterans and the wider community seeking help from any member of the public who may know a Normandy veteran, and asking them to contact The Royal British Legion to ensure they are aware of plans to commemorate D-Day and how veterans can participate should they wish.


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