Veterans of Guards regiments joined together at a special Banbury Household Division Association(BHDA) dinner last Thursday to mark the eve of the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.
Serving and veteran soldiers, sailors and airmen met at Stanbridge House where Banbury MP Sir Tony Baldry proposed a toast to the Association, which had planned its annual dinner to coincide with the D-Day anniversary.
Seventy years ago last Friday, Allied troops took part in the largest seaborne invasion in history, landing on the beaches of northern France to begin the liberation of Western Europe from Nazi control.
A special ceremony took place on the anniversary at Bayeux Cathedral in Normandy, attended by 19 heads of state including Her Majesty the Queen, US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Some 4,000 Allied troops and 9,000 German servicemen died during the first day of the D-Day landings.
The BHDA was formed in 2009 for former and serving members of the Household Cavalry and Foot Guards regiments living in Banbury and the surrounding area.
Its main aims are to attend repatriation parades, provide comradeship and raise money for the Household Division and other military charities.