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War veteran returns to Island thanks to lottery grant
D-day veterans arrive in Normandy
The fund helps veterans to visit the countries where they served

A war veteran who trained on the Island during World War Two is set to return for the first time in 50 years, thanks to a lottery grant.

The Heroes Return scheme grants funds to veterans wanting to go back to where they trained or served in action.

Former Able Seaman, George Wells, from Wiltshire, visited the Island twice for a radar training course during the WW2.

He said: "I was sworn to secrecy each time. It was drummed into you that you must not talk about your work."

The scheme, run by the Big Lottery Fund, has given out around 4,000 grants since it opened in April 2009.

In the Isle of Man only seven grants funding 13 war veterans, spouses, widows and carers have been applied for so far.

The funds, totalling nearly £6,000, have allowed Manx veterans to travel to France, Holland, Italy and parts of the UK.

But time is running out as the scheme closes on 31 January 2011, with trips having to be made by the end of 2010.

To learn more call 0845 00 00 121 or visit the website .




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