The community came together this week to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day. 

Residents, councillors, representatives of Redditch Royal British Legion, West Mercia Police and more commemorated those who fought and died during the Normandy Landings in June 1944. 

To mark the occasion, there was a procession through the Kingfisher Shopping Centre as well as a wreath-laying ceremony on Plymouth Road and a service at the war memorial by St Stephen's Church on Church Green. 

In a post on Facebook following the event, the Mayor of Redditch, Juma Begum, said: "Today, as we remember the valour of those who fought on D-day, we cannot ignore the suffering and conflict that continues to plague our world.

"Thank you for your service. Thank you to all past and present service personnel of the armed forces and their families."

A spokesperson for Redditch Police added: "Police from Redditch Safer Neighbourhood Team paid their respects to those who gave their service and lives during D-Day on the 80th anniversary.

"Sergeant Charlie Osborne laid a wreath on behalf of West Mercia Police officers and staff as the town remembered the historic landings with a special service at the war memorial on Church Green."

The commemoration follows another event last weekend where Redditch Armed Forces and Veterans Breakfast Club (AFVBC) held a family fun day at Redditch Hockey and Rugby Club. 

The event featured military vehicles, de-activated military weapons, a re-enactment stall and more.