A war hero has received a prestigious award for his role in the historic D-Day landings.

Roy Ticehurst, from Hove, was handed the Lest We Forget Bradford Exchange Award in recognition of his heroics during the Allied invasion of Normandy.

The 90-year-old was presented with the honour at the Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society maritime care home in Surrey by Sarah Brooks, from the Bradford Exchange commemoration company.

Mr Ticehurst joined the Royal Navy aged 18 in 1942 and was a gunner and Morse code operator.

During D-Day he was tasked with laying ramps to help Allied tanks cross the beaches and vividly recalls clearing the bodies of fallen soldiers.

He said: “This anniversary has given us the opportunity to pay our respects to fellow and fallen comrades.

“We celebrate the lives of those no longer with us and come together to support those of us who are.

“I have both good and bad memories from the war, and being able to commemorate 70 years since D- Day is a very special thing.”