HEROIC tales of a local airfield and its role in D-Day are set to take centre stage in Ilminster next week.

The Heritage of the Ile trust is holding its annual meeting at the Shrubbery Hotel on April 27, and will feature Robin Gilbert as the guest speaker.

Mr Gilbert is from the South West Airfields Trust and he will be speaking about the history of Merryfield airfield and the part it played in the D-Day assault.

Jim Sainsbury, the trust's chairman, said: "Each year we try to find a speaker who can talk about a subject of local interest and relevance and we think this year we are very fortunate to find someone with a wealth of knowledge of his subject, having been brought up in the shadows of Dunkeswell airfield where activities mirrored those at Merryfield.

"After the talk there will be a slideshow of archive photos and a static display of a selection of photos."

The meeting will take place from 7.30pm on April 27 at Shrubbery Hotel.

Entry costs £2 which includes an annual membership of the trust, and there is an optional buffet for £8.

For more information, contact Jim Sainsbury on 01460 57825or email heritageoftheile@talktalk.net.

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