A SPECIAL commemorative evening has been organised to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day landings next month.

Wiltshire residents are invited to mark this significant World War Two turning point in Cuckingstool Mead, Malmesbury on Thursday, June 6.

The event will start at 8pm, and a beacon will be lit at 9.15pm.

Throughout the evening Malmesbury Concert Band's talent musician will play a varied repertoire of music.

There will also be a fish and chip mobile van, as the event coincides with National Fish and Chip Day.

Mayor Cllr Phil Exton said: “We’re proud to be part of the international 80th D-Day celebrations. 

"It’s very important to remember the D Day landings and give our thanks for the courage and bravery of all those who took part in the military operation, both on the frontline and behind the scenes. 

"Every community in the UK was impacted by the war, and we are thankful to those who defended our freedoms then and today.

“We hope many people in Malmesbury and nearby will join us to mark this auspicious occasion.”

Other activities taking place in Malmesbury the same day include the official proclamation at the Town Hall at 8am and the town bells ringing at 6.30pm.