Dan Snow Honours The Copp Heroes - The Directory Group




Wednesday 21st May is the big day for Hayling’s final Combined Operations Pilotage Parties event, when the island will celebrate and commemorate the achievements of the wonderful WWll COPP unit, marking the 70th anniversary of D-Day, and their vital contribution to the success of the Normandy landings on 6th June 1944.

There will be speeches led by our association president, Lord Richards of Herstmonceux, the former Chief of Defence Staff Sir David Richards, and will feature a march past, band, wreath laying and the unveiling of a dedicated COPP seat by the Hon Timothy Knatchbull, the grandson of Lord Louis Mountbatten, the Head of Combined Operations in WWll.

The show will be presented by Sally Taylor of BBC South Today, and we are absolutely delighted to report that TV historian Dan Snow will deliver the keynote address. The men and women of our local 47 Regiment Royal Artillery, who did such a great job for us 18 months ago, are very keen to help us once more on the big day. And there will be one or two surprises too.

Sadly over the past seven months we have lost several of our COPP veterans, so this will probably be our last opportunity ever to publicly celebrate their great courage.


The Directory Group covers the following areas within Hampshire and West Sussex: Petersfield, Clanfield, Hayling Island, Cowplain, Waterlooville, Denmead, Purbrook, Widley, Farlington, Cosham, Drayton, Havant, Rowlands Castle, Emsworth, Southbourne, Westbourne, Bosham, and Meon Valley