Battle of Britain remembrance in Hailsham

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A service of remembrance was held at Hailsham Parish Church on Sunday (September 21) for all those who took part in the Battle of Britain during the summer and autumn of 1940.

Town Mayor Cllr Jo Bentley joined with town councillors and representatives from the Royal Air Forces Association and Royal British Legion for a ceremony which marked the 74th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and former British fighter pilots’ involvement in fighting attempts by the German Air Force to gain superiority over the RAF during World War Two.

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 and No 19 Hailsham Platoon.

After the service Cllr Bentley said it was ‘wonderful’ to see so many people in attendance.

She said: “In Hailsham we are extremely proud of all our past and present armed forces personnel and on this occasion we paid tribute and remembered those from the Royal Air Force who made huge sacrifices for us and their country in the Battle of Britain of 1940.”

“It’s wonderful to see different generations of people coming together at the Hailsham War Memorial to remember the people who fought and died in this important historic battle.

“I’d like to say thank you for those living and working in Hailsham who continue to give support to our troops, at home or away.”