23rd Oct, 2016

Evesham remembers those who fought in the Battle of Britain

Rob George 25th Sep, 2016 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

MEMBERS of Evesham’s Royal Air Force held their annual Battle of Britain parade and ceremony at the Waterside cemetery.

The popular annual event was held last Thursday (September 15) with the help of a large contingent of pupils, teachers and helpers from Bengeworth CE Academy, De Montfort School, St. Mary’s RC School and Swan Lane First School.

Coun Frances Smith, Chairman of Wychavon District Council was accompanied by Evesham Mayor Coun Fred Kaler to lay a wreath to the fallen.

Crosses were laid on each of the graves by the pupils before the Rev Mark Binney officiated at the ceremony with the last post and reveille being played by local trumpet player Sue Sollis.

Also in attendance were members of ex-service organisation with their standard bearers; the Royal Air Force Association, the British Legion, Pershore & District Royal Naval Association and the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Association.

Afterwards the pupils had the opportunity to talk the ex-service veterans present being mainly interested in their medals, though those on parade displayed medals from more recent and often forgotten conflicts in Cyprus, South Arabia and the jungles of Borneo and Malaya.