Hinckley says thank you in Battle of Britain Service

Published Tuesday, 08 September 2015

A SPECIAL outdoor service and parade will be held in Hinckley this Saturday (12 September) to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

The Reverend of St Mary’s Church, John Whittaker will lead the drum head service and service of thanks in Argents Mead bandstand at 11.05am, followed by a parade down Castle Street from 11.40am. 

The special service has been arranged by members of the Royal Air Force Association, St Mary’s Church and Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, the first decisive battle in history that was fought entirely in the air.

The service will remember the many people who contributed at the time including the ground crew supporting those in the air, the drivers, radar operators, plotters, ARP wardens, firefighters and nurses to name just a few. Many more people were affected by bombing around the country, so the service will also remember the sacrifices made by those millions of people too.  

Liz Causon, event organiser for the Borough Council explained: “From May to September 1940 Luftwaffe attacks moved away from the coast and shipping targets to RAF airfields and associated infrastructure, but a strategic response and great bravery and skill from the RAF pilots gave Britain an advantage and so Germany was unable to achieve its objective of destroying our air defences. In his famous speech Churchill spoke of the sacrifices made during this period saying “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few. Now 75 years on, this service has been arranged to honour and remember all those who gave so much for our freedom.”

All are welcome to attend this free event.

Last updated: 08/09/2015 10:58