D-Day 70: Church bells ring out

D-Day 70 Quarter Peal at St James Church Southwick
D-Day 70 Quarter Peal at St James Church Southwick

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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.

Click here for details of the 70th anniversary supplement published by The News to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day