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