Signallers past and present came together in Caythorpe on Sunday to mark the 70th anniversary of a major Second World War operation.
The commemorative events were held in the village to honour the contribute of the 1st Airborne Divisional Signals in Operation Market Garden in September 1944.
Caythorpe was home to the division from late 1943, with troops carrying out extensive training in the area in the build up to Market Garden.
The operation saw some 20,000 British and American airborne troops land behind German lines with the aim of capturing a string of river crossings to allow tanks to cross the River Rhine into Germany.
However, strong resistance prevented armoured forces linking up with the troops at the final bridge at Arnhem. More than 1,500 British soldiers would be killed there and almost 6,500 captured.
This year’s commemoration saw a squadron from the Colchester-based 216 (Parachute) Signal Squadron march through the village, before a service at St Vincent’s Church.
Normandy veteran Harry Leach, 90, who was a Royal Signaller in 5 Parachute Brigade, travelled from Devon to attend the event.
He said: “It means everything to me to be here. I am very, very proud and the service means a lot.”