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Service marks WWII evacuations

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A commemorative service has been held at London's St Paul's Cathedral to mark the 70th anniversary of the evacuation of British citizens in World War II.

The first wave, known as Operation Pied Piper, involved 1.5 million people and took place over four days from 1 September 1939, the day the war started.

More than three million people, mainly children, were removed from cities and towns to safer areas from 1939 to 1945.

Sophie Hutchinson reports.

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