Battle of Britain memorial parade in Stamford

Battle of Britain parade, Stamford. RAF Wittering personnel marching in Broad Street.'Photo: MSMP150913-018ow
Battle of Britain parade, Stamford. RAF Wittering personnel marching in Broad Street.'Photo: MSMP150913-018ow
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Air force personnel marched through Stamford to pay their respects to those killed in the Battle of Britain.

A contingent from RAF Wittering were joined on Sunday by representatives from the Royal British Legion, the Royal Air Forces Association, the Royal Naval Association and Stamford town councillors as they marched through the town.

They set off from the town hall in St Mary’s Hill, making their way through Red Lion Square to Barn Hill Methodist Church for a service.

The parade then made its way to the war memorial in Broad Street where wreaths were laid.

Mayor of Stamford Brian Sumner was one of those to pay his respects at the memorial.

He said: “The parade was a great credit to the organisers. The church was full for the service.

“It’s very important that the town respects these parades. People should never forget.

“We are lucky to be here because of other people’s sacrifices.”

RAF Wittering station commander Grp Cap Damian Alexander added: “The people of Stamford have always understood the close bond between RAF Wittering and the town; that bond is as strong today as ever, given our current operational focus.

“Today, as they have for many years, Stamford’s townsfolk have made us very welcome and helped us to mark a defining moment for both our Country and the Royal Air Force.

“In many senses, the people of Stamford experienced the Battle of Britain with RAF Wittering - it is therefore right that we should mark this occasion together.”