Gallery: Battle of Britain parade in Stamford

March commemorate the 74th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and laying of wreaths at Broad Street, Stamford at the war memorial. EMN-140921-203946009

March commemorate the 74th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and laying of wreaths at Broad Street, Stamford at the war memorial. EMN-140921-203946009

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Air force personnel were joined by town dignitaries as they paraded through Stamford to remember the Battle of Britain.

More than 30 men and women from RAF Wittering marched from All Saints’ Church to the war memorial in Broad Street on Sunday.

They had already been present for a service taken in cooperation by Royal Air Force Chaplain, the Reverend Squadron Leader Jesse Holland and the Very Reverend Mark Warwick, Dean of Stamford and Vicar of All Saints Church.

The marchers were joined by mayor of Stamford Clem Walder, RAF Wittering station commander Grp Cpt Damian Alexander and senior officers from the base. They were accompanied by Stamford Brass as they made their way through the town.

Wreaths were then laid to remember those who lost their lives in the Battle of Britain, which was fought in the skies over Britain during the summer and autumn of 1940. More than 70 years later, it remains the defining engagement in the RAF’s near hundred year history.

RAF Wittering Squadrons were heavily involved in the Battle of Britain and the station was very active during the Blitz. It was also the main fighter station for the South East Midlands.