PICTURE GALLERY: Chichester’s Italy Star parade

THEY came together from all over the UK and on Sunday (May 17), veterans of the Italy Star campaign marched through Chichester.

The Italy Star Association honours and remembers those who fought in the second world war Italian campaign from 1943 to 1945.

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SS150517B18'Italy Star Parade in Chichester. Veterans of WW2 Italy campaign pictured congregating in Chichester after a service at the Cathedral and marching through the city up North Street.'Contact: 07811 891191. Reporter: Chris Shrimwell.'Photographer: Sam Stephenson.'17/05/2015 SUS-150517-203027008

Each year, members of the association unite for a weekend, staying in Bracklesham and coming to Chichester on the Sunday for a service at Chichester Cathedral.

Mary Tidy, national chairman, said: “It was absolutely wonderful. The weather was absolutely beautiful. It was just the right sort of temperature for our veterans.

“They weren’t too hot and the service was beautiful.”

This was the first time the annual service was led by Chichester dean Stephen Waine. Former dean Nicholas Frayling returned especially for the service.

“It went off very well,” said Mary. “Obviously a smaller contingent of veterans this year but nonetheless it was very poignant and everybody loved it.”

She thanked the people of Chichester for their support, saying it helped spur the veterans on.