PICTURES: Tetbury celebrates D-Day anniversary

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Tetbury came together to honour and commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day on Saturday.

As part of the commemorations in the town, Bristol and Gloucestershire Wing of the Royal Air Force Air Cadets hosted its annual wing parade.

The wing parade is held once per year in a different town or city to highlight its organisation.

This year it was held in Tetbury where 200 participants marched from the fire station through the town to St Marys Church where a service of celebration of the organisation as well as commemoration of the events of D-Day 75 years ago took place.

Air commodore Barbra Cooper and Tetbury mayor Nikki Ind joined in the commemorations as the cadets reviewing officers.

Tetbury Town councillor Kevin Painter said: “Of course, we remembered and honoured the sacrifice made by Tetburians who were actually there.

“However there is a little known fact of Tetbury’s vital role in the planning of the D-Day landings, as part of the top secret project, the Tetbury-based troops, the American regiment, the 654th Engineer Topographic Battalion devised a 3D map of Omaha Beach which became a vitally important tool used to capture the beach and move inland, at the historic Malt House.

“The day included an exhibition appropriately at the Malthouse, an amazing Air Cadet parade, a special church service, and many of the shops had amazing window displays.

“The day ended in a keep calm and carry on evening at the Greyhound Inn with music, people dressed up and much much more.

“The fact that we can enjoy an event such as this is due to the blanket of security that the brave people of that time provided for us all. “Thank you and we will never forget.”

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