Shoppers, surfers and passers-by might have spotted mysterious wartime figures at various North Devon locations this weekend.

Keep an eye out for characters dressed as American servicemen at various North Devon locations as part of the Over Here project, seen here at Victoria Park, Bideford. Picture: Simon ElleryKeep an eye out for characters dressed as American servicemen at various North Devon locations as part of the Over Here project, seen here at Victoria Park, Bideford. Picture: Simon Ellery

The ghostly apparitions are part of a performance project marking the presence 75 years ago of 10,000 American GIs, who came to North Devon to prepare for the D-Day landings of the Second World War.

The project, devised by Multi Story Theatre, is part of Devon D-Day, a summer long programme of events commemorating the local contribution to the Normandy landings in 1944.

At the weekend they were spotted in Bideford, Barnstaple, Instow and other coastal locations, staying in character and lounging around taking their ease in the sunshine.

The passive performances were deliberately kept quiet, but we can reveal the figures will be out and about again this Sunday (May 19), so keep your eyes peeled.

Passer-by would have seen characters dressed as American servicemen at various North Devon locations over the weekend as part of the Over Here project, seen here at Victoria Park, Bideford. Picture: Simon ElleryPasser-by would have seen characters dressed as American servicemen at various North Devon locations over the weekend as part of the Over Here project, seen here at Victoria Park, Bideford. Picture: Simon Ellery

Bill Buffery of Multi Story Theatre said: "We're not telling anyone anything much about what's happening, but if anyone spots these mysterious figures while they're out and about in North Devon this weekend, we hope they'll share what they see using the special hashtag #OverHere."

It is part of Devon D-Day, a host of events in North Devon this month and beyond - a free programme listing all of the events i is available from tourist information and visitor centres and museums.

Over Here project participants posing with passers-by on Instow Beach, one of the sites used for training for D-Day from 1943. Picture: Simon ElleryOver Here project participants posing with passers-by on Instow Beach, one of the sites used for training for D-Day from 1943. Picture: Simon Ellery

Participants in the Over Here project from Multi Story Theatre to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day in Barnstaple Square. Picture: Simon ElleryParticipants in the Over Here project from Multi Story Theatre to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day in Barnstaple Square. Picture: Simon Ellery