A museum is giving guests the opportunity to learn about the area’s historic link to D-Day as it marks the 80th anniversary with a vehicle convoy.

The Castletown D-Day Centre on Portland is hosting a range of hands-on history experiences on Thursday, June 6.

Military vehicle enthusiasts will be able to watch a convoy of authentic Second World War vehicles that will arrive at the centre at 12.30pm. Following a 90 minute a static display, the convoy will be depart for the 2pm service at the Portland cenotaph.

Dorset Echo: Vehicles will then be on display at the top of the island, near the Portland Heights Hotel, until 3.30pm.

Visitors can get the chance to handle authentic Second World War uniforms, weapons and equipment, as well as an opportunity to climb aboard the museum’s Sherman tank.

The centre also includes a full-size replica Spitfire, a Bofors 40mm gun, a range of interactive audio-visual displays and a D-Day bunker.

Dorset Echo:

Weymouth and Portland residents will receive half price admission on the day to help families engage with local history. Free admission will be given to anyone who dresses up in the wartime theme or brings a period vehicle for display.

In preparation for marking D-Day, the centre welcomed D-Day veteran Albert Fenton and his son Andrew ahead of the anniversary.

Dorset Echo: Sailing for Juno Beach on June 6, Albert played a key role as a driver responsible for supplying frontline units with food, water, fuel and military equipment.

A spokesperson for the museum said: “The team were delighted by Albert’s visit and looks forward to seeing him again for a future visit."

The centre is looking for volunteers to mark what has been descried as its biggest year yet. Hours for the role are flexible, with lunch and period uniforms provided. Anyone interested in volunteering is asked to email d.day.centre.portland@gmail.com

For the latest news and updates from the centre, visit www.ddaycentre.com