ABOUT NORMANDY SIGHTSEEING SERVICES
Duncan joined the British Army in 1980. He served for 7 years in the Scotts Guards as one of the Queen's personal soldiers. Carrying out public duties in Buckingham Palace, St James Palace, The Tower of London, and Windsor Castle. After specialising in G Squadron he spent 8 years travelling the world training various units, and then moved on to work for private military companies for 6 years.
During this time he served in five conflicts in Northern Ireland, Falklands, Iraq, West Africa and Somalia.
Duncan's passion for Normandy started when he was a young boy. His mothers father, Bill Collicott during WWII helped to intercept German radio transmissions, and his fathers uncle took part in “Operation AQUATINT”. This was a daring raid that took place on the 12th September 1942 on the Western edge of Omaha Beach. He was one of two soldiers who managed to escape, and later went on to carry out further operations.
After moving to Normandy to be with his wife and children, he worked with his father inlaw who is a retired Major General (2 star General) of the British Army and a military historian.
Duncan is writing a book to accompany his tours and to keep the real story of D-Day alive. Duncan says “after my involvement in conflicts around the world, I can empathise and relate to these men. With my military background I can interpret and understand the battlefield and layout the ground as they did in 1944, which is something that many guides cannot do".
Many previous clients say that Duncan's enthusiasm for D-Day is contagious, and the way he explains the events that happened brings the story to life.
Cressida has always had a passion for travel, and after studying Travel and Tourism Management, went to work overseas as a tour leader for an adventure travel company in Egypt, Jordan, Israel, Morocco and China.
When it was time to settle down she moved back home to Normandy, and set up Normandy Sightseeing Services. Cressida saw a niche in the market to offer clients a luxury bespoke, personal insight to Normandy, with a native English speaking guide.
Cressida conducts all the cultural tours, a one day American Sector tour (an overview to D-Day), the transfers to and from Normandy, along with the bookings and administration for the company. Cressida is very happy to advise clients on any part of their trip to Normandy, as planning is key to having a hassle free vacation.
Cressida has been very fortunate to have the best teachers on D-Day, her husband Duncan, father Major General Hollands and Her Grandfather Major Ernest Hollands DSC, DCM who features in many WWII accounts of the British in France, North Africa and Italy, he was recogonised as one of the British “Tank Alies” of WWII.
Between Duncan and Cressida they have 25 years of working in the travel industry as guides, and enjoy working as a team. They have 3 bilingual children.
They have never expanded the company as they feel that you would lose the personal service and attention to detail that has given Normandy Sightseeing Services the reputation that we have today.