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A veteran of the Normandy landings has taken his screen bow as part of a new advertising campaign.

Robert Coupe, from Kingsway, Cleveleys, is taking part in the National Lottery’s campaign, called Just Imagine.

Mr Coupe received funding for a commemorative trip to France under the Big Lottery Fund’s Heroes Return programme and has since successfully applied for a second trip as part of the extended Heroes Return 2.

The film shows him leaving his home and walking on Cleveleys Promenade.

Speaking in the short film, Mr Coupe said: “I go with the 59th Division members every year and we go round the graves of the comrades. We lost a lot of men.

“It’s an expensive thing, it’s a lot of money. I can’t go enough and if I can go with funding then I’m quite happy to go.”

Mr Coupe, who turns 89 on January 26, was called up for Army service at the age of 18.

He received basic training before being posted to the Fifth Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment, part of 197 Brigade of the 59th Infantry Division.

His active service saw him take part in Operation Charnwood, an Anglo-Canadian offensive to capture to German-occupied French city of Caen, a vital part of the Allied objective during the early 
stages of the Normandy invasion.

Vicki Kennedy, director of The National Lottery promotions unit, said: “Our war veterans sacrificed so much to protect our freedoms.

“It is entirely appropriate that they should receive National Lottery funding to pay their respects to those who didn’t return.

“National Lottery players should be proud that they are supporting heroes like Robert Coupe.”

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