Battle of Britain service

Upperton united Reform Church SUS-140917-122823001
Upperton united Reform Church SUS-140917-122823001

To commemorate those who fought in the Battle of Britain 74 years ago, a Service of Thanksgiving is being held on Sunday September 21 in Eastbourne.

This year is the 74th anniversary of the Battle of Britain fought shortly after the outbreak of the Second World War and the service will be at 3pm at the United Reformed Church in Upperton Road.

President of the Royal Air Forces Association in Eastbourne Graham Marsden said, “The service is to commemorate those who fought in that battle, mainly over the skies of Southern England.

Among those attending the service will be Eastbourne mayor Janet Coles, East Sussex County Council chairman Colin Belsey.

Past mayors of Eastbourne, borough and county councillors have been invited and cadets of 54 Squadron RAF will also be in attendance.

A number of Service Standards will be paraded and members of the Combined Services Association are expected to attend.

Mr Marsden said, “I would like to extend a warm welcome to all residents and hope that they will find the time to join us for about an hour on Sunday afternoon.

“Without the sacrifice of those who fought in the skies above us at that time, we would not have been able to retain the freedoms that we now enjoy with perhaps little thought about how they could so easily have been lost.

“It is very important that we recognise that response to the call to duty on our behalf.

“It is also important to take this opportunity to think about the many young military personnel who continue to make sacrifices for our country.”

The Battle of Britain is the name given to the Second World War air campaign waged by the German Air Force against the United Kingdom during the summer and autumn of 1940. The Battle of Britain was the first major campaign to be fought entirely by air forces and was also the largest and most sustained aerial bombing campaign to that date. The Battle of Britain has an unusual distinction as it gained its name prior to being fought. The name is derived from a famous speech delivered by Winston Churchill.