Royal Air Force Air Cadets from 198 (Hinckley) and 121 (Nuneaton) Squadrons joined the people of Hinckley for a Special outdoor service and parade to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.
The Reverend of St Mary’s Church, John Whittaker lead the drum head service at the Argents Mead bandstand which was followed by a parade down Castle Street with the salute being taken by Wing Commander Stuart Iles.
The special service which featured readings by the Air cadets of 198 Squadron was 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 remembered 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. Those affected by the bombing and the sacrifices made by many other people were also remembered.
Liz Causon, event organiser for the Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council said, “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 honours and remembers all those who gave so much for our freedom.”