A Sherman Mk4 A4 tank manufactured in 1943, and which saw action in Normandy in 1944, has been brought back to the UK and now rests prominently outside the soon-to-be opened D-Day Centre in Castletown, Portland.
Derek Luckhurst, a local entrepreneur and the person behind the Castletown Regeneration Initiative, including the D-Day Centre, is the new owner of the tank. He said: “It is difficult to establish the Sherman’s full history, but I’m told it was damaged during the Normandy ....Learn More
Late last year a rare 1914 Lerret was donated to the Castletown Regeneration Project and thanks to Tim Clark of Clark Boatworks Ltd has now been fully restored and is on display outside the soon to be opened Castletown D-Day Centre.
Recently an original set of oars has been donated to to the display so the exhibit is now complete with propulsion.
The Lerret called ‘Silver Star’ now proudly sits on its’ plinth alongside other items of historic value that have links to ....Learn More
Scuba diving has always been popular off Portland but is, of course, very dependent on the right weather conditions. Included in the project is the plan to utilise an area of the sea bed adjacent to a wreck known as the ‘Countess of Erne’ which is located just inside the harbour wall and is therefore well protected from the elements.
The plan is to sink a number of environmentally friendly curiosities in an area of approximately one acre at a depth of 12 metres. A large anchor, ....Learn More
Having purchased part of the Stone Pier previously known as Copines, this has now been renamed Crabber’s Wharf. The plans have been approved for creating a new warehouse to replace the current dilapidated buildings providing ten marine industrial units, some already reserved; while above will be nine rather special purpose built marine apartments, each with a nautical theme. The design is particularly interesting in that the new building resembles the shape of a ship.
The build ....Learn More
This 80 sq. m. double fronted shop is ready to go. Fully refurbished, it is adjacent to a car park and there is on-road parking as well. All it needs is YOU!
This is an exciting opportunity for the right person to have control of their own business, in an area already expanding with increased employment opportunities and major housing developments. A vibrant area where the right store will flourish at the hub of the action.
Think about it…
It was from Castletown beach and Stone Pier that the American 1st Division embarked ships and landing craft for the invasion of France at Omaha beach on the 6th June 1944. ‘Private Ryan’ himself would have been in Castletown leading up to D Day and his brothers and most of the American dead who were repatriated to the States for burial were returned through the port of Castletown. So, a two-level D Day Centre is being created and is well on schedule for opening in late Summer this year. ....Learn More