A DUNKIRK veteran says the 'memories have come flooding back' upon seeing British tourists stranded overseas.
Bert Smith, 93, saw many comrades in arms blown to pieces and horrifically injured as tens of thousands of soldiers were killed at the French town in 1940. And he admits that comparisons between that dark series of events, and a few holidaymakers having to stay abroad for a bit longer than they planned, are 'entirely justified'.
"It's just as horrible," nodded Smith, his eyes glazing over as he remembered the sound of the guns and the waters foaming with blood. "Sure, we may have suffered more human casualties, limbs ripped apart, skulls bobbing in the waves, that sort of thing - but it's almost exactly the same as some people who've had to have a couple more days in Tenerife due to flights being grounded. Almost exactly the same."
Meanwhile, pro-immigration campaigners have admitted 'a total rethink on Britain's borders' after learning that Jon Gaunt, Jordan and Chris Moyles have been stranded by the volcanic ash cloud of doom.
"It's made us really question our views," said John Truffle, 35, of Open Our Borders To Everyone. "I mean, would it hurt if we just left them there never to come back? Would our country really be enriched by letting that kind of person in?
"No planes in the sky, lovely sunny days, and Chris Moyles thousands of miles away. Or returning to normal. It's a poser, isn't it?"
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