The commemorations to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-day invasion have begun today with a vigil on Pegasus Bridge, a key strategic target for the landing Allied troops in 1944.
Fireworks marked the moment, at around midnight, that airborne troops landed by glider to seize the bridge in the dead of night.
British veterans were cheered and thanked as they paraded through the streets of Bayeux today.
Otley veteran, Harold Robinson had a 24th birthday with a difference, as he swapped cards for rifle rounds as part of the D-Day landings.
D-Day veteran Brian Carter from Cambridgeshire has a unique record of the Allied invasion with a compelling series of his own photographs.