D-Day 70: Village where Operation Overlord was planned seizes the wartime spirit

Land girls (left to right), Ann Mould Carol Walker and Jackie Jenkins at Southwick.
Land girls (left to right), Ann Mould Carol Walker and Jackie Jenkins at Southwick.

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VILLAGERS called upon wartime spirit as they transformed their streets into a living tribute to veterans.

Homes in Southwick were decked with bunting, and windows were covered with blackout blinds, as it hosted D-Day 70th anniversary commemorations.

07/05/14  WE''The village of Southwick has staged a 70th D Day event. (left) Dan Stigar and John Harding with the steam lorry.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (141654-4) PPP-140706-171939003

07/05/14 WE''The village of Southwick has staged a 70th D Day event. (left) Dan Stigar and John Harding with the steam lorry.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (141654-4) PPP-140706-171939003

Mark Frank, 29, of Norton Road, Southwick, was with his family looking at the wartime military vehicles, ale festival and market stalls.

He said: ‘It was nice to see such a massive transformation.

‘The younger generation, they don’t realise what’s gone on before.

‘They don’t understand so we’ve got to make it more appealing for them, they relate to this sort of stuff.

07/05/14  WE''The village of Southwick has staged a 70th D Day event. (left to right), Maria Fox, Mark Lawrence and Elaine Gray. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (141654-5) PPP-140706-171927003

07/05/14 WE''The village of Southwick has staged a 70th D Day event. (left to right), Maria Fox, Mark Lawrence and Elaine Gray. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (141654-5) PPP-140706-171927003

His wife Michelle, 29, added: ‘When I walked out of where I live it felt like I’d gone back in time.’

The pair were at the two-day event with their children Oliver, five, and Emma, three.

Horndean Brass Band were met with applause as they performed on the village green.

And Rich Shaw, 32, of Southwick Village Stores, had sold more than 2,600 pasties by Saturday – with plenty of people eating the Churchill pasty.

07/05/14  WE''The village of Southwick has staged a 70th D Day event. Taylor Cook (nine), and Poppy Shaw (seven) work the siren. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (141654-6) PPP-140706-172010003

07/05/14 WE''The village of Southwick has staged a 70th D Day event. Taylor Cook (nine), and Poppy Shaw (seven) work the siren. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (141654-6) PPP-140706-172010003

He said: ‘It’s been brilliant. We’ve had thousands of people here. Everyone has really made an effort.’

Mark Lawrence, of High Street, was one of the organisers of the events.

He said people had also been up to see Southwick House, where the D-Day landings was partly planned.

‘It’s just what we wanted and we’d hoped,’ he said. His wife Christine added: ‘The atmosphere has been awesome.’

07/05/14  WE''The village of Southwick has staged a 70th D Day event. Horse drawn carriage in action.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (141654-7) PPP-140706-172133003

07/05/14 WE''The village of Southwick has staged a 70th D Day event. Horse drawn carriage in action.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (141654-7) PPP-140706-172133003

07/05/14  WE''The village of Southwick has staged a 70th D Day event. (left to right), Diane Castley Lisa Clark and Emily Bower pull the pints in the Golden Lion.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (141654-8) PPP-140706-172122003

07/05/14 WE''The village of Southwick has staged a 70th D Day event. (left to right), Diane Castley Lisa Clark and Emily Bower pull the pints in the Golden Lion.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (141654-8) PPP-140706-172122003