2017 Battle of Britain Service


This years service took place at the War Memorial in Sandwich town centre at 1100hrs on Friday 15 September. The service is remembered on this date as the day that the Battle of Britain reached its climax, a day when the RAF succeeded in shooting down some 56 German aircraft and convinced the Luftwaffe that they could not achieve the air supremacy over Britain that they needed for an invasion to successfully take place, and is seen as an overwhelming and decisive defeat for Germany.

There were five service association and RBL Standards on parade, with the Canterbury RBL Standard carried by former Royal Marine Albert Tweedle. Bob Davies attended to represent the Branch.

The service was conducted by Reverend Canon Mark Roberts, with Simon Leith, former Mayor of Sandwich as the Parade Marshall. The Exhortation and the Kohima Epitaph was given by Dr Frank Andrews RAFA (Royal Air Force Association). Many wreaths were laid by local dignitaries and ex service representatives.

On completion of the event all were invited into the Guildhall for a drinks reception.


                              Never in the field of human conflict

                                 was so much owed, by so many

                                                    to so few.


                                                         Winston Churchill              





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