09 November 2019 02:38
D-day veteran Harry Billinge moved to tears on BBC Breakfast as he's shown the Normandy memorial he helped to fund The 93-year-old spoke about his love for the men he served with: 'All Normandy veterans loved one another beyond the love of women' A D-Day veteran who has been fundraising for a war memorial in Normandy was moved to tears live on TV as he was shown what his money was helping to achieve. Harry Billinge, 93, has raised £22,442 - a pound for every man and woman who died serving under British command during the Battle of Normandy - by collecting donations for the Normandy Memorial Trust on St Austell high street, near his home in Cornwall. Co-host Charlie Stayt said the public would be "full of respect" for what Mr Billinge had helped to achieve, to which the veteran replied: "It was a job to do. When asked about what he would say to younger people, Mr Billinge replied: "There's a lot of youngsters come up to me and give me money for the memorial but beyond all comprehension about D-Day. I hope that they will learn to love one another. When Naga Munchetty interviewed World War II veteran Harry Billinge in June earlier this year, the video captured the hearts of the nation.
On today's BBC Breakfast instalment, Harry was welcomed into the studio by Naga and Charlie Stayt to discuss his staggering fundraising efforts and gave the veteran a glimpse of what his hard work has achieved. Naga introduced: "I'm sure many of you will remember Harry Billinge the 94-year-old war veteran who captured the hearts of millions of people when he appeared on Breakfast earlier this year." Charlie added: "He spoke about being amongst the first wave of troops of the D-Day landings aged just 18." "And he said he could never forget his comrades who lost their lives telling us they were heroes, now his emotional comments won him admirers from all over the world," Naga said. Harry Billinge spoke with Naga earlier in the year Harry Billinge has raised huge amounts for the memorial trust A fourth tweeted: "Harry has taken over #BBCBreakfast love it cracking the b******t in the morning." Later on, Naga and Charlie showed Harry footage of the memorial the veteran has been desperately fundraising for. Naga confirmed Harry wanted to raise £22,442 as he clarified: "That's a pound for every bloke that died on that beach on D-Day." A D-DAY hero choked back tears today after seeing a Normandy memorial he helped raise Poppy Appeal funds for. Harry Billinge, 93, became emotional when he saw a clip of the construction of the British Normandy Memorial at Ver-sur-Mer for the first time on this morning's BBC Breakfast show.
9 Harry Billinge was just a teenager when he landed on Gold Beach during the D-Day landings 9 The D-Day veteran was shown a clip of the memorial being built for the first time on the BBC Breakfast show this morning A D-Day veteran appeared on Breakfast TV this morning and was clearly emotional when he was shown footage of a D-Day memorial he had helped fundraise. Harry Billinge, 93, was a Sapper with the Royal Engineers when he was one of the first men ashore at Gold Beach at 6.30am on June 6, 1944. Mr Billinge, who has raised £22,442 while collecting for the Normandy Memorial Trust near his home on St Austell high street. Harry Billinge, 93, appeared on BBC Breakfast this morning alongside Naga Munchetty, left, where he spoke about his fundraising efforts for a Normandy D-Day memorial Mr Billinge was one of the first soldiers to land in Normandy when he waded ashore on Gold Beach at H-Hour on D-Day in June 1944 Mr Billinge looked clearly emotional as he watched footage of the memorial he helped fund This morning, Mr Billinge was on BBC Breakfast where hosts Naga Munchetty and Charlie Stayt showed him the memorial he had helped fund. World War Two veteran Harry Billinge first won fans when he appeared on TV during commemorations to mark the 75th anniversary of the Normandy landings this year.