Wreath laying commemoration to Battle of Britain heroes in Stockton (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Wreath laying commemoration to Battle of Britain heroes in Stockton
2:19pm Wednesday 11th September 2013 in News
The Last Post sounded out over Stockton High Street today (Wednesday) when heroes of the Royal Air Force were remembered.
Wreaths were laid at the War Memorial to mark the 73rd anniversary of the Battle of Britain when fighters of the Royal Air Force defeated the German Luftwaffe and prevented an invasion of this country.
The event was organised by Stockton and Thornaby Branch of the RAF Association which is inviting all ex-service personnel and members of the public to attend.
The branch chairman, Ian Hindmarsh, said: “We are remembering the bravery of the men and women who served during the Battle of Britain, but we are also remembering the sacrifices of airmen and women who have served this country in the many other conflicts since that victory of 1940.
“The RAFA is still very active providing welfare and other help to many of the families of ex-service and serving personnel.”
A wreath on behalf of the Borough of Stockton was laid by Councillor Bob Cook, leader of Stockton Council and the RAFA wreath was laid by war-veteran Jack Chapman, vice-chairman of the RAFA branch. A Royal British Legion wreath was laid by Mr John Thompson who is a Poppy Fund organiser.
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