The heroics of the D-Day landings were re-created for thousands of beach-goers at Saunton Sands on Friday and Saturday. On Saturday six World War Two aeroplanes landed on a specially marked runway as part of the event to mark the anniversary of the historic Normandy landings on June 6, 1944. Many lined the sand dunes to catch the best view of the planes touching down on the beach, once used by American soldiers practising for the invasion of Europe. Sandy-toed spectators were able to rub shoulders with uniformed re-enactors from living history groups, as well as get up close to a host of wartime vehicles. They were also able to watch a beach assault involving pyrotechnics, smoke and blank ammunition. The event was organised by Friends of the Assault Training Center (FATC) in conjunction with Saunton Beach Enterprises and Saunton Sands Hotel. BBC presenter Paul Rose was also there filming for a coast walk series to be shown in the autumn. On D-Day itself (Monday) a commemorative service was held at the old concrete landing craft training area on Braunton Burrows. Richard Bass of FATC said the reactions so far from participants and the public had been absolutely overwhelming. The aircraft landing was the star attraction, the pilots thoroughly enjoyed themselves and the number of people watching them come in was absolutely fantastic, he said. We were more than pleased with the turn out, it was so big in fact that the car park was closed after four hours on the Friday and had to be closed on the Saturday too. He said the planes had to leave early because a sea missed rolled in, prompting scenes like a Battle of Britain scramble.