Battle of Britain: Hailsham will remember them

THE SKIES above Hailsham tend to be silent these days apart from the occasional rumble of a distant commercial aeroplane or a sweet call from some birds minding their own business somewhere overhead.

But more than 70 years ago the atmosphere often thundered from the scream of military aircraft fighting each other during the Battle of Britain, when countless RAF personnel bravely risked their lives.

When Autumn makes its appearance with the soft thud of golden-hued leaves hitting the ground, those people who still remember that sacrificial conflict let their voices be heard.

They ask the younger generation to remember those from the past who should never be forgotten.

This year a RAF Battle of Britain Commemorative Service is taking place at St Mary’s Church in Hailsham from 10.30am on Sunday, September 18.

All residents, young and old, are invited to attend the event and afterwards witness the solemn wreath-laying ceremony at the War Memorial in Hailsham High Street.

Representatives of the RAFA and RBL will be there with other organisations and uniformed dignatries.

The Mayor of Hailsham, Cllr Jeff Bentley-Astor, will also be attending alongside town clerk Liz Jones, and guests of honour Kathy Gore, High Sheriff of East Sussex, and Cllr Jonica Fox, chairman of Wealden District Council.

Cllr Bentley-Astor said: “We are fortunate enough in this country today to live in a time of peace, and the deeds of servicemen and women during the Second World War must never be forgotten.

“I hope that residents and veterans living in Hailsham and surrounding villages will take the time to attend this short service.”