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VIDEO: Day to honour our war heroes in Christchurch
WAR heroes were remembered with a parade through Christchurch for Battle of Britain Day.
Second World War veterans were among those who marched from Saxon Square to Christchurch Priory for a service and then went onto the town hall for a salute in memory of those who died.
Tom Watson, 89, a leading aircraftman, is a founder member of 130 Squadron of the Royal Air Force.
He said: “My principle feeling is how lucky I am to have survived when so many of my friends and relatives passed away.
“I’m 90 this month and I’m one of the youngest veterans.
“We’ve got people who are 95.”
Among those who marched to the Priory with the Boscombe Salvation Army band playing were members of the Royal British Legion, the Association of Wrens, the Christchurch Royal Air Force Cadets and the Christchurch Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA).
And the service was also attended by Christchurch Mayor John Lofts and MP Christopher Chope.
Michael Jennings, chairman of the Christchurch RAFA, said this year’s Battle of Britain Day also coincided with the 70th anniversary of RAFA.
He said: “Today was about remembering those who died in the Battle of Britain and kept us free, as Churchill said.”
Wing Commander Peter Wood, President of Christchurch RAFA, added: “Today is dedicated to those who gave their lives for Great Britain and the Commonwealth.”
September 15 is remembered as having the most decisive confrontations in the skies above London during the Battle of Britain.
RAF pilots took to the skies to defend the country as Luftwaffe bombers began flying to the capital.
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