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D-DAY FOR SLIPWAYS

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Just days after the 56th anniversary of the D-Day landings, Arts minister Alan Howarth has granted Grade II*-listed status to two historic slipways in Torquay harbour. The slipways were built specifically by the Royal Engineers in May 1943 and will now be preserved after coming under threat as the result of a harbour redevelopment in the south coast town. They are the focus of remembrance services on 6 June each year. 'These slipways are the single best surviving visible monument in England to a great turning point in the history of the twentieth century, ' Howarth said.

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