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Battle of Britain Commemoration Service

On Sunday 20th September 2015 the Mayor of Thetford, Cllr Robert Kybird, hosted Thetford’s Battle of Britain Commemoration Service at St Cuthbert’s Church followed by refreshments in the Large Court of the Guildhall.

The Service was, again, well supported by local residents, Civic Dignitaries and Councillors from Thetford Town Council. The Civic Dignitaries included Deputy Lieutenant Lady Georgina Roberts and representatives from RAF Honington, Lakenheath and Mildenhall, The Mayors of Watton and Needham Market also attended. The Service was conducted by Canon Bob Baker.

Battle of Britain Services take place nationwide to commemorate the battle in which, over 500 Royal Air Force pilots were killed in the bitter struggle to save the UK from invasion. This was one of the turning points of the Second World War and this year’s ceremony marked its 75th anniversary.

The annual Service marks the nation’s gratitude to the pilots and aircrew of the RAF who prevented Germany from gaining air superiority in the summer and autumn of 1940. Winston Churchill famously declared: “Never in the field of human conflict has so much been owed – by so many – to so few”.

The Mayor would like to thank Canon Baker and Ray Towler from Thetford Royal Air Force Association for organising the Service.

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