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Blue plaque erected to mark the night US President Dwight Eisenhower spent in a caravan in Weston-super-Mare

A BLUE plaque marks the night US President Dwight Eisenhower had in a caravan in Weston-super-Mare.

The future leader, then a general, kipped in the Somerset resort on his way to the D-Day invasion in 1944.

Ike, as he was known, opted for a caravan instead of a hotel because all his troops camped.

The council today unveiled the blue plaque, which is fixed to a water tower wall next to where he slept in Weston Woods.

Cllr John Crockford-Hawley said: “People enjoy finding such snippets of local history right in their midst.

“This spot in the woods is the very place where he slept.

“It’s a lovely thing to find when out walking the dog or talking a stroll.”

Ike was President from 1953 to 1961.

He died aged 78 in 1969.

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