Battle of Britain remembrance

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A service of remembrance was held at Hailsham Parish Church on Sunday (September 15) for all those who took part in the Battle of Britain during the summer and autumn of 1940.

Hailsham Town Mayor, Councillor Jo Bentley, joined with town councillors and representatives from the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) and the Royal British Legion for a ceremony which marked the 73rd anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

Following the service, the Mayor attended a wreath-laying ceremony at the Hailsham War Memorial, alongside uniformed dignitaries, war veterans and cadets from the 249 Hailsham Millennium Squadron.

Cllr Bentley 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.”

Cllr Bentley also attended a celebration of the Battle of Britain anniversary at the recently opened Bowes House Care Home in Battle Road last Wednesday (September 11). At the event, the mayor presented five new drums donated by Bowes House to the ATC 249 Hailsham Millennium Squadron cadets, of which she was recently elected Vice-President.

Cllr Bentley said: “It’s really good to see local businesses getting involved in the activities of young people and the generosity and care shown to local community organisations.”