A REMEMBRANCE service will be held outside the town hall on Thursday to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day.

The service, which will begin with a two-minute silence at the war memorial at 11am, will see Mayor of Barnsley John Clarke lead the event.

The D-Day landings along the coast of Normandy on June 6 was the largest seaborne invasion in history and ultimately led to the liberation of Europe.

Coun Clarke said: “I’m honoured to lead Barnsley’s D-Day commemorations – the poignant day that saw the gates to our freedom opened.

“Our borough has a tremendous history of championing remembrance to ensure we remember those who have sacrificed so much to protect our democratic freedom and way of life.

“I am also very passionate about making sure this legacy is passed on to our children, grandchildren and future generations to make sure milestones such as D-Day and those who sacrificed so much are honoured forever.”