D-Day tours planned at Southwick

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RESIDENTS of a village will be coming together to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

Southwick will be turning back the clock and marking D-Day with exclusive tours of the village and a number of activities for all the family to enjoy.

The commemorations will start will a special service, at St James’ Church, on Friday, June 6 remembering those who stormed the beaches of Normandy.

Then the village will transform for the weekend activities.

Martin Bazley, the leader of the group organising the events, said: ‘We have got a lot of activities going on in the village to mark D-Day from family activities to a tour of Southwick House.

‘Throughout the weekend we will have bunting up around the village as well as an air raid siren which we managed to get working again.

‘There will also be military vehicles on the green.’

People who lived in the village during the Second World War will also be telling their stories and answering questions about village life in an exhibition at the church.

Martin added: ‘We have so much going on but our main attraction is the tour of the village.

‘We have already sold out which shows how much interest there is.’

The tour will take up to 70 people on a shuttle bus to Southwick House where visitors will be able to see the D-Day wall map and get a special talk in the map room by museum staff.

The weekend will finish with a D-Day-themed Eucharist service at St James’ Church, on Sunday.

Martin said: ‘D-Day is important to our village because it was in Southwick House that the decision was made to storm the beaches at Normandy.

‘We have the famous map room here which is full of history and we want to share our history with the visitors who come along to the village on the D-Day weekend.

‘For us, it is commemoration of those who lost their lives but also a celebration of the end of Nazi occupation.’

For more information visit southwickdday70.co.uk