Leeds & West Yorkshire

Hundreds create D-Day Arromanches beach art tribute

Media captionBus loads of volunteers travelled from Bradford to help create the artwork

Hundreds of volunteers have helped to create 9,000 sand drawings on a beach in France to remember those who lost their lives during the D-Day landings.

Sand was raked within stencils to create silhouettes of civilians, German forces and Allies who died on Arromanches beach on 6 June 1944.

The artwork, called The Fallen, was the brainchild of Bradford sculptors Jamie Wardley and Andy Moss.

Dozens of volunteers from Bradford were among about 200 people who helped out.

The silhouettes, which were created at the weekend to mark International Peace Day, were later erased by the incoming tide.

Mr Wardley and Mr Moss had spent two years planning and practising for the work.

Mr Wardley said: "All around us there are relics of the Second World War, but the one thing that is missing are the people that actually died.

"This is the sacrifice and the loss that you have when we have these conflicts.

"We've very quietly made a big statement.

"It's just wonderful, it's absolutely incredible."

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