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WHILE hundreds of veterans will mark the D-Day anniversary on the beaches of Normandy, Yorkshire will be hosting a series of events this month to allow residents to pay their respects across the region.

Leeds is set to salute the bravery of troops at a church service and parade later this month.

Organised by the city group of the Royal British Legion, the service commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings will take place at Leeds Minster at 3pm next Sunday, June 15.

All ex-military personnel are welcome to attend, as are other members of the public.

Canon Tony Bundock, Rector of Leeds, said: “We will be remembering those who gave their lives as well as those whose lives were changed forever by what they experienced. I think it will be a very solemn occasion.”

The service will be attended by the Lord Mayor Elect of Leeds, Coun David Congreve.

Coun Congreve said: “This service will be a chance for the city to reflect on the immense sacrifice made by our soldiers, who demonstrated unimaginable bravery on the beaches of Normandy.

“The event carries extra significance this year as we mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day and it will be an honour and a privilege to attend.”

In South Yorkshire, the Lord Mayor of Sheffield Lord Mayor will be receiving Normandy veterans in the town hall following their Ceremony of Remembrance at the City War Memorial on Wednesday June 11. The ceremony is usually held on June 6 but the date was changed as some veterans are in Normandy for the 70th anniversary commemorations.

Barnsley has shared the untold story of a homegrown soldier awarded the Croix de Guerre by the French government, a medal for outstanding bravery. Lt Eric Taylor, from Thurnscoe, was in the line laying team, and was commended for courage shown under heavy shell fire. His medal and certificate of commendation are now on display in the town hall civic cases.