CHURCH bells rang out over Southwick last night as a quarter peal was performed to mark the start of D-Day 70 commemorations in the village.
The 42-minute long peal conducted by Roy Grayson was carried out by Eileen Jayne-Wood, MBE, Betty Daysh, Trevor Benjamin, Alan A.J. Buswell, Roy Grayson and Allan Yalden at St James Without-the-Priory Gate Church from 6.30pm.
Martin Bazeley, chairman of the Southwick D-Day Planning Committee, said: ‘The quarter peal of bells is quite special.
‘The idea of ringing the bells is to mark the forward airborne assault.
‘As we know, during the night before D-Day there was so much in preparation for the assault.’
He added: ‘The idea is to mark the forward airborne assault, then we kick off our wartime village life exhibition in the church.’
A raft of events are taking place in Southwick including services at the church at 6.30pm today and 10.45am on Sunday and about 700 people tickets to view the D-Day map room in the village. Others a 1940s-themed street market. and entertainment, followed by a service of celebration at the church at 10.45am on Sunday.