SEAFORD: Spitfires on show to remember Battle of Britain

Part of the event was a Spitfire flyover
Part of the event was a Spitfire flyover
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A SPITFIRE flyover formed part of Seaford’s Battle of Britain event on Sunday, which was well supported by the community.

The day was organised by the Seahaven branch of RAFA and was the 71st parade and church service to take place.

The Seaford community and dignitaries remembered those who lost their lives

The Seaford community and dignitaries remembered those who lost their lives

Dignitaries included the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex Peter Field, who was in attendance along with Seaford Mayor Councillor Linda Wallraven and the president of Seahaven RAFA Don Mabey.

The trio were among those who laid wreaths at the War Memorial. Representatives from other organisations including East Sussex County Council, Lewes District Council, the Royal Merchant Navy and Peacehaven and Newhaven were also there to pay their respects and lay wreaths.

There were seven Standard Bearers from the Royal British Legion, air cadets and Seahaven RAFA.

Apart from a small rain shower the weather held for the annual event, which also remembers all those airmen and airwomen who served in the Royal Air Force and Air Forces of the Commonwealth.

Wreaths were laid at the War Memorial

Wreaths were laid at the War Memorial

RAFA branches, Royal British Legion and 1218 Newhaven Squadron air cadets also attended.

Following wreath laying at the War Memorial, a parade down to St Leonard’s Church took place, where a service was then held.

Organiser squadron leader Peter Bonfield said the day was to commemorate the Battle of Britain but also to remember the loss of air force personnel in wars and conflict.

He added that this year in particular the day was to remember Flight Lieutenant Jon Egging who was killed in Bournemouth at the air festival.

He added, “We had a brilliant day, there was a bit of sunshine and a fine shower but that was it.

“We had at least 150, maybe 200 people at the War Memorial, it was a good turnout.”