Battle of Britain - we will always remember them

EVERY September the town of Hailsham takes time to pause and remember our nation’s airmen who fought a savage battle to protect Britain from the threat of Nazi invasion.

Although many years have rolled by since the Battle of Britain – the importance of that savage conflict still affects many townsfolk today.

The Mayor of Hailsham, Cllr Jeff Bentley-Astor, invites everyone to join him in an act of remembrance at Hailsham Parish Church (formerly known as St Mary’s).

A special RAF Battle of Britain Commemorative Service is taking place there at 10.30am this Sunday, September 16.

The service will pay tribute to lives lost or affected during the famous air attack above British skies in the summer and autumn of 1940.

Hailsham Town Council councillors will attend alongside air cadets and representatives from the Royal Air Force Association and Royal British Legion.

After the service, the Deputy Mayor Cllr Richard Grocock, uniformed dignitaries and local organisations will take part in a wreath-laying ceremony at the War Memorial in Hailsham High Street.

Cllr Grocock said: “It is essential that, at this special Battle of Britain Service, we all recognise the people involved in the fight for our freedom during World War two through their bravery and sacrifice in 1940, and to acknowledge their personal sacrifices and hardships.”