Southwick celebrates its D-Day role

A nurse from WW2 at the weekend !  - but also a Nurse Practitioner in real life as well Alison Barnes from Cosham   Picture by:  Malcolm Wells (150606-2814)
A nurse from WW2 at the weekend ! - but also a Nurse Practitioner in real life as well Alison Barnes from Cosham Picture by: Malcolm Wells (150606-2814)
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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.

All the way from London to Southwick for some fresh bread ! - re-enactor Clayton Wearn (40) ''Picture by:  Malcolm Wells (150606-0210)

All the way from London to Southwick for some fresh bread ! - re-enactor Clayton Wearn (40) ''Picture by: Malcolm Wells (150606-0210)

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.

- (left to right) Maria Fox (52) from Denmead and Elaine Gray (58) from Southwick Village''Picture by:  Malcolm Wells (150606-2780)

- (left to right) Maria Fox (52) from Denmead and Elaine Gray (58) from Southwick Village''Picture by: Malcolm Wells (150606-2780)

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.’

The Super Sentinel from HMS Sultan makes its way through The High Street in Southwick as it transported people to and from Southwick House ''Picture by:  Malcolm Wells (150606-2788)

The Super Sentinel from HMS Sultan makes its way through The High Street in Southwick as it transported people to and from Southwick House ''Picture by: Malcolm Wells (150606-2788)

All aboard for Southwick House ! - Martin Bazeley one of the organisers of the weekend event takes a group of visitors on a bus in Portsmouth Corporation livery to Southwick House''Picture by:  Malcolm Wells (150606-2902)

All aboard for Southwick House ! - Martin Bazeley one of the organisers of the weekend event takes a group of visitors on a bus in Portsmouth Corporation livery to Southwick House''Picture by: Malcolm Wells (150606-2902)