Battle of Britain - Hailsham remembers the fallen

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DIGNIFIED ACTS of remembrance took place to honour armed forces personnel who sacrificed so much during the Battle of Britain.

A special service was held in St Mary’s Church in Hailsham on Sunday, September 18.

Civic dignatries from the Hailsham area were present, including the chairwoman of Wealden District Council, Cllr Jonica Fox and the Mayor of Hailsham, Cllr Jeff Bentley-Astor.

Representatives from the Royal Air Force Association joined with other military figures for the ceremony marking 71 years since the fierce battle above the skies of Sussex.

A wreath-laying ceremony took place afterwards at the Hailsham War Memorial with war veterans, girl guides and cadets from the 249 Hailsham Millennium Squadron.

After the ceremony, Cllr Bentley-Astor said: “I always find it so moving, this particular service each year, and it is a great pleasure to honour and thank all those who took part in the Battle of Britain.

“Members of uniformed military organisations were in attendance, with the point being to remember the lives given to attain freedom for our country, and the service was a fitting way for all of us to commemorate the fallen and pay homage to those whose bravery is still being shown in conflicts around the world today.”