In pictures: Heroes who died in the Battle of Britain remembered

In pictures: Heroes who died in the Battle of Britain remembered

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In pictures: Heroes who died in the Battle of Britain remembered

War veterans and borough councillors held a procession in Maidenhead to remember those who died in the Battle of Britain 73 years ago.

The remembrance started with a church service at St Mary's Church in St Mary's Close, before wreaths were laid at the war memorial outside the town hall in St Ives Road yesterday.

Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead, Cllr Andrew Jenner, led a parade that included borough councillors, Maidenhead MP Theresa May and big band music from the RAF Halton Golden Oldies.

Members of the Maidenhead Air Cadets also marched behind the procession.

Band lead drummer Tom McCormack, 63, of Vicarage Gardens, White Waltham, was in the RAF from the age of 16 to 30 and served around the world including in a war in Belize, Central America.

He said: "It is important we remember what they [the servicemen] did and in a different era it might have been us."

Thousands died in the Battle of Britain which raged from July to the autumn of 1940.

The battle was first major campaign fought entirely by air forces and Hitler's failure to destroy Britain's air defences was seen as a crucial turning point in the war.

The mayor said: "It is a small price we have to do by going to services like this and to pay tribute to them."

See pictures from the ceremony below:


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