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Exhibition celebrates Moray Firth's links with D-Day landings


By Gavin Musgrove


The Highland Archive Centre is hosting an exhibition of photographs to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

‘A Time to Fight: Living and Remembering WWII’ features contemporary images of Second World War veterans alongside actors representing them as they were 75 years ago.

Robert D. Anderson has come up with a different way of marking the anniversary of the landings on the beaches of Normandy.
Robert D. Anderson has come up with a different way of marking the anniversary of the landings on the beaches of Normandy.

Those photographed took part in major operations including the Battle of Britain, D-Day and Dunkirk.

The project was created by Robert D. Anderson who wanted to come up with a different way of marking the anniversary of the landings on the beaches of Normandy.

Initially he set about capturing the portraits of a small number of veterans but soon realised that many of them were keen to tell their stories, some for the first time in decades, and so the exhibition grew.

Inverness-born photographer Robert said: “I’ve always been interested in history and I have a passion for World War Two in particular.

"I also have a love of photography and I set about combining all of these passions into the ‘A Time to Fight’ project.

"Growing up in Inverness I was familiar with the pill boxes along the Moray Firth coast but had no idea why they were there until one of the veterans I interviewed told me he’d been transferred up from the south to this area during the war.

"At the time they didn’t know why but they later discovered that it was because the beaches along the Moray Firth had the same tides as those in Normandy and the troops were being prepared for the landings.

"It was amazing to connect that real story to what I’d seen in my childhood.”

Although the veterans in the photographs are from England and Wales, many of them have a connection to the Highlands, either during their war service or since, with many serving in the Highland Division.

Alongside the exhibition, books of the photographs alongside each veteran’s story are for sale.

This will be the only showing of the exhibition in Scotland before it travels to Kingston-upon-Thames in July.

The exhibition runs until June 28 and is open daily from 10am to 5pm Monday to Friday.



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