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County Hall Hosts Commemoration and Spitfire Fly-Past in Honour of Battle of Britain Heroes

Norfolk County Council, 16 September 2023 00:00

In a heartfelt tribute to the heroes of the Battle of Britain, Norfolk County Council hosted a ceremony which saw a fly-past from a WWII Spitfire, the only one left that flew in the Battle of Britain.

The event took place on the 15 September, hosted by Norfolk County Council Chairman Councillor Barry Stone and attended by members of the Armed Forces and leaders from across the county.

Cllr Barry Stone said: "This event is a tribute to those who defended our skies during the Battle of Britain. It is a reminder of the sacrifices made, with many lives lost, and a steadfast commitment to ensuring that those who fought, shall forever remain in our memory".

"Their legacy teaches us the true meaning of sacrifice and the importance of defending the values we hold dear."

The event began with a fly-past from a Royal Air Force Spitfire Aircraft, flown by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight which operates from RAF Coningsby.

The event featured a parade by Cadets from Norfolk and Suffolk and the Norwich City Concert Band.

Prayers were led by The Revd. Tracy Jessop who spoke of the freedom we enjoy thanks to the sacrifice of those who laid down their lives during the Battle of Britain.

This was followed by readings from Council Chairman Barry Stone, Group Captain Stewart Blackburn MBE, Deputy Lieutenant and Air Commodore Kevin Pellatt, Armed Forces Commissioner for Norfolk.

Wreaths were laid by representatives from the Spirit of Coltishall Association, RAF, Royal British Legion, Fire Service and Norfolk Constabulary, alongside the Chairman of Norfolk County Council and Deputy Lieutenant of Norfolk.

The service was concluded with the playing of the National Anthem.

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