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Nautical tribute to Normandy veterans in Torbay

The region's D-Day 70th anniversary commemorations have finished in style this afternoon.

Veterans of the Normandy landings were guests of honour as a flotilla of a hundred boats paid them a nautical tribute.

The men were onboard the historic World War 2 vessel The Fairmile as it sailed across Tor Bay flanked by HMS Pembroke.

Royal Navy Cmdr Tom Herman says the bay was an important port:

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Flotilla to honour Normandy veterans in Torbay

Normandy veterans on the Fairmile will take the salute from the flotilla. Credit: ITV News / Seth Conway

Normandy veterans will take the salute in Torbay harbour today (2pm) as more than 100 vessels form a flotilla in their honour.

The men who fought on D-Day will be on board the historic WW2 ship The Fairmile for the sail past. It's the Royal Navy's tribute to the veterans and forms the centrepiece of today's commemorations.

Veterans board the Fairmile ahead of this afternoon's salute. Credit: ITV News / Seth Conway

Never seen footage of D-Day training in North Devon

As the 70th anniversary commemorations for D-Day continue across the region, ITV News has some exclusive footage of US Troops training in North Devon.

The film was made for American military leaders to show their preparations ahead of an Operation. It had been in a private archive until now. Our Correspondent Seth Conway reports:

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D-Day remembered in Torquay

Veterans lay wreath at Torquay harbour Credit: ITV News West Country

Veterans of D-Day marked the 70th anniversary with a wreath laying at Torquay harbour. The members of the Normandy Veterans Assn Torbay branch say they'll continue as a club despite the national organisation finishing after this year's commemorations.

Torquay museum holds special exhibition Credit: ITV News West Country

Torbay will be holding events across the weekend to mark D-Day. Torquay museum also has a special exhibition.

Original map of Normandy landing beaches Credit: ITV News West Country

The centre piece of the exhibition is an original map of the Normandy landing beaches that was given along with other top secret documents to the commanders of each landing craft.

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Church faces huge bill after windows vandalised

Parishioners at a church in Somerset face bills running into thousands of pounds to repair stained glass windows damaged by vandals.

Air rifles are thought to have been used to target five windows at the 15th century St Bartholomew's church in Crewkerne. The worst damage was caused to a window that shows a scene of Christ and his disciples. Richard Payne reports.

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Vandals shoot church windows with air rifle

One of the window's targeted by vandals Credit: ITV News West Country

Parishioners at a church in Somerset face bills running into thousands of pounds to repair stained glass windows which have been damaged by vandals.

Air rifles have been used to target five windows at the 15th century church in Crewkerne. Each one will cost thousands of pounds to repair.

Five windows were targeted at the 15th century church Credit: ITV News West Country
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