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Parade: Armed Forces mark Battle of Britain anniversary
4:20pm Tuesday 24th September 2013 in News
HUNDREDS of people in Bury braved the rain to mark the 73rd anniversary of the Battle of Britain.
It was on September 15, 1940, that Hitler’s fearsome Luftwaffe launched a devastating assault on Royal Air Force aircraft in a bid to destroy Britain’s air defences.
But the attempt failed and the Luftwaffe were dispersed, signalling the first of many decisive victories for the Allies in the first half of that decade.
Commemoration events took place throughout the UK on Battle of Britain Day on Sunday, including in Bury town centre.
It started at 11.30am with a parade of more than 50 members of the Royal British Legion, the Royal Air Force Association, the Royal Navy Association and Bury Cadet Squadron 1036 from the town hall to Bury Parish Church.
There was then a 40-minute memorial service at the church, led by the Rector of Bury, Rev John Findon and attended by dignitaries included Bury Mayor, Cllr Sharon Briggs.
There were readings from Cpl Andrew Locke and Cdt Hollie Cooper.
Afterwards, wreaths were placed on the Royal Air Force memorial in the Memorial Gardens to commemorate those who lost their lives in the battle.
A special wreath was placed by a memorial plaque in memory of three members of the Air Training Corps who died in a helicopter crash in North Wales in 1993. At just before 1pm, the parade reformed at The Rock and marched to Bolton Street. Alistair Rutledge, honorary secretary of Squadron 1036, said: “We go on parade every year to commemorate the young men lost in the Battle of Britain. I think it is important for the cadets to remember those young people lost and it always seems to hit home with the cadets.”
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