A MEMORIAL service is set to be held on Sunday to commemorate a Second World War air operation.

Marks Hall, in Coggeshall, is hosting the service at 10.45am in memory of Operation Varsity, a vital part of what became known as the famous ‘Rhine Crossing’.

The ceremony will remember not only the brave men who died during Operation Varsity but also all members of the Glider Pilot Regiment who gave their lives during the Second World War.

More than 40 gliders took off from Earls Colne Airfield during the operation, which included more than 1,500 Allied aircraft and 1,300 gliders, both American and British.

It was the largest single lift of airborne forces ever undertaken.

Organisers say members of the public should arrive by 10am at the latest to allow time to walk to the memorial site.