A granite boulder from Malvern was unveiled last Sunday as a war memorial in France.

The stone from North Quarry was erected at a layby near Vernonnet, where soldiers of the Worcestershire Regiment fought and died during the 1944 invasion of Normandy.

The layby marks the spot where the Regiment's 1st Battalion had its headquarters in the days immediately following the Allied landings. Jack Bullock, of Barnards Green, the standard bearer for the 1st Battalion, said some 80 British people, many of them veterans, made the pilgrimage to Vernonnet.

He said: "The French welcomed us with open arms and there were some tears."

As well as the unveiling, veterans took the chance to hold ceremonies at a number of military cemeteries in the area.