Get set for return of Southwick D-Day revival

Martin Bazeley, chairman of the committee organising the D-Day Revival event in Southwick 

Picture: Malcolm Wells
Martin Bazeley, chairman of the committee organising the D-Day Revival event in Southwick Picture: Malcolm Wells
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IT MARKED the D-Day 70 commemorations in style by turning back the clock to wartime Britain.

Now Southwick is once again gearing up to mark the Normandy Landings by paying tribute to the 1940s.

Last year's D-Day event in Southwick

Last year's D-Day event in Southwick

The village’s D-Day Revival event takes place from June 11 and 12.

It will include talks from renowned military historians from the Second World War, Dr Peter Caddick-Adams and Stephen Prince.

Martin Bazeley, chairman of the committee organising the event, said: ‘In many ways it is very rewarding to see the community come together and get behind this.

‘It’s the single biggest event of the year. There’s a tremendous amount of support because it’s such a large community project.’

Dr Caddick-Adams is an author, broadcaster and documentary maker who will talk about Normandy 44 and the Battle Beyond D-Day.

Mr Prince is the head of the Naval Historical Branch and will shed light on Operation Neptune, the landing operations during the Allied invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944.

Other events include a 1940s dance, a military vehicles display, a period funfair in Squire’s Paddock and a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight fly-past.

The fly-past will include the Hurricane, Spitfire and Lancaster, and other authentic military vehicles will be on display at the village.

Last year’s event saw about 5,000 people attend and it is hoped there will be another large turnout.

It will be raising money for forces charity SSAFA.

Visitors are being encouraged to buy tickets in advance for both talks. They cost £8 for adults and £6 for under-16s. Passes can also be bought beforehand for Southwick House’s map room, where there will be talks.

Village entry costs £2 for adults and £1 for under 14s.

Ticket packages are available which includes free parking, a shuttle bus to Southwick House, entrance to the house and the talks.

Those cost £12 for an adult, £11 for pensioners and £8 for under-16s.