City remembers the few who fought for Britain’s freedom

The RAF 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain parade at City Centre with airforce personnel from RAF Wittering and local air cadet and WW2 veterans. EMN-150927-170151009

The RAF 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain parade at City Centre with airforce personnel from RAF Wittering and local air cadet and WW2 veterans. EMN-150927-170151009

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Tributes to the few who fought for the freedom of the country in the Battle of Britain three quarters of a century ago were paid at a service in Peterborough city centre.

The 75th anniversary of the Battle Of Britain was marked with a parade of servicemen and women on Sunday, with a flypast of historic aircraft the highlight of the day.

The Spitfire, Hurricane and Dakota roared through the clear blue skies, bringing back memories for those who fought and were alive during the war.

Staff from RAF Wittering were part of the parade, which was followed by a Cathedral service.

Crowds of shoppers gathered to watch the celebration, and Mayor of Peterborough Cllr John Peach inspected the parade.

Over 70 Royal Air Force personnel paraded in full dress uniform, with musical support from the RAF Wyton Voluntary Band and the combined Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire Wing Air Training Corps Band.

The Battle of Britain was fought in the skies over Britain during the summer and autumn of 1940 and 75 years later, it remains the defining engagement in the Royal Air Force’s near hundred year history.

Although flying from forward operating bases, RAF Wittering Squadrons were heavily involved in the Battle of Britain. Additionally, the Station was very active during the Blitz and was the main fighter station for the south east Midlands.

The bond between RAF Wittering and Peterborough is of particular significance to Group Captain Rich Pratley. He said; “The shared history between RAF Wittering and Peterborough is of immense importance to the Station and the City, and is of the highest value to RAF personnel.

“Peterborough has shown the Station sincere friendship over the years. On Sunday we recognised not only the sacrifices made by the Royal Air Force during the Battle of Britain, but how Peterborough has been a good friend and neighbour to RAF Wittering.”