THE spirit of wartime Britain came to Southwick as villagers commemorated the anniversary of D-Day.
The village off Portsdown Hill played a pivotal role in the Normandy landings 71 years ago as leaders gathered there to plan the invasion.
And this weekend thousands of visitors came to pay tribute and join in a whole range of activities for all the family.
Military vehicles lined the High Street, tours were held and military re-enactors, including those playing the roles of General Montgomery and Winston Churchill, were out and about.
An old-fashioned fun fair was laid on and a 25-pound gun from Fort Widley was fired. Wartime songs were played and guests were treated to steam bus rides.
Money was raised for the SSAFA armed forces charity.
Jim Watson, chairman of the Southwick & Widley Parish Council, said it was a huge success.
‘All of the Southwick community have been involved in this,’ he said.
The Golden Lion also held a beer festival featuring 20 different brews. Greg Clark, the pub’s landlord, said: ‘It’s been absolutely incredible. It’s the best dressed the village has ever been. The attendance has been superb.’