Battle of Britain Heroes honoured

Hundreds of people turned out to pay their respects to Battle of Britain heroes at a ceremony in Dudley yesterday.

The Mayor of Dudley, Dudley Council, Royal Air Force Association Dudley Branch and RAF Cosford teamed up to commemorate the day.

Every year the borough pays its respects to the people who lost their lives in the World War II battle of the skies, as well as armed forces personnel serving today.

Royal Air Force cadet squadrons from all across the region joined the parade, which assembled in High Street and marched from St. Thomas and St. Luke’s church (Top Church). The parade, was led by Kingswinford ATC band and was saluted by the Mayor, RAF Cosford and members of the Royal Airforce Association as it passed by. Councillor David Stanley, Mayor of Dudley, said:

"We were extremely privileged to be joined by RAF Cosford again for this year’s parade, further establishing our strong links with the armed forces.

“The event is an important reminder of the bravery and sacrifice made by these heroes, and will reinforce the nation’s heartfelt gratitude.”

Following the parade, a service took place at 10.55am, officiated by Reverend James Treasure. Residents were invited to attend the service at the cenotaph, Ednam Road, which included wreath-laying and one minute’s of silence.

Guests then adjourned to the Army Reserve Centre in Vicar Street at 11.30am for refreshments following the service.


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