BATTLE OF BRITAIN SUNDAY, SHEPTON MALLET – SUNDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER 2019

Battle of Britain Sunday was marked this year in Shepton Mallet by a service of remembrance which was held at St Peters & St Paul’s Church in the town. A wreath laying ceremony and parade was held later at the Cenotaph.

Air Cadets from Shepton Mallet, Wells and Glastonbury Squadrons attended the service with members of the Royal Air Forces Association and the Royal British Legion.

The Lord Lieutenant of Somerset, Mrs Annie Maw was in attendance as was local MP James Heappey. The Battle of Britain remembrance service is organised by the Mid Somerset Branch of The Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) which is the leading charity for serving and ex serving RAF personnel.

Battle of Britain Day is the name given to the large-scale aerial battle that took place on 15 September 1940, during the Battle of Britain. On this day in 1940, the Luftwaffe embarked on their largest bombing attack yet, forcing the engagement of the entirety of the Royal Air Force (RAF) in defence of London and the South East, which resulted in a decisive British victory that proved to mark a turning point in Britain’s favour.

Squadron Leader, David Rolfe, Wing Media Officer for Devon & Somerset’s Air Cadets said, “The air cadets on parade are immensely proud of their RAF uniforms and the history of their parent service. We are all here to remember those who gave their lives during the Battle of Britain

BATTLE OF BRITAIN PARADE, EXETER – SUNDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 2019

On Sunday 15 September 2019, Air Cadets of Devon & Somerset Wing accompanied by local air scouts, cubs and members of the Royal British Legion, joined together to remember those who fought to defend our country during the Battle of Britain.

Following a church service at Southernhay United Reformed Church, the cadets and scouts paraded through Exeter city centre. Some 150 air cadets were on parade and were led by the Devon & Somerset Air Cadets Band.

Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Devon, Sir Harry Studholme and the Lord Mayor of Exeter, Councillor Peter Holland, took the salute from outside the Guild Hall. A wreath laying ceremony took place at the War Memorial on the Cathedral green, after which the Deputy Lord Lieutenant and Lord Mayor spoke with many of the cadets, scouts and staff on parade.

Squadron Leader, David Rolfe, Wing Media Officer for Devon & Somerset’s Air Cadets said, “The air cadets on parade from Devon & Somerset Wing are immensely proud of their RAF uniforms and the history of their parent service. We are all here to remember those who gave their lives during the Battle of Britain”.

The Battle of Britain which took place from July to October 1940, is arguably the most important action in which the RAF took part. War time Prime Minister, Winston Churchill famously said of the battle “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few”. Together with its Commonwealth allies and pilots from many other nationalities, the RAF prevented the Nazi invasion of Great Britain during World War II.

Battle of Britain Parade, Exeter – Sunday 15 September 2019

On Sunday 15 September 2019, the Air Training Corps (Air Cadets) will be remembering those who paid the ultimate sacrifice during the Battle of Britain. 

The Battle of Britain which took place in 1940 is arguably the most important action in which the RAF participated in during World War II.  Together with its Commonwealth allies and pilots from many other allied nationalities, the RAF held the line, resisting overwhelming numbers and prevented the Nazi invasion of Great Britain. 

Following a church service at Southernhay United Reformed Church, standards and banners from the Royal Air Force Association, Royal British Legion, Air Training Corps and Air Scouts will be paraded through Exeter city centre at approximately 1545 hours 

Squadron Leader, David Rolfe, Wing Media Officer for Devon & Somerset Wing ATC said, “All are welcome to come and see the parade and I hope they can find the time to support the veterans, air cadets and air scouts who will be remembering the ‘few’”. 

The Lord Lieutenant of Devon will be taking the salute as the parade passes the Guild Hall and a wreath laying ceremony will take place at the War Memorial on the Cathedral Green. 

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