Battle of Britain Parade

Stamford residents turned out with RAF Wittering personnel to mark the annual commemoration of the Battle of Britain.

RAF Wittering’s new Station Commander and Station Chaplain joined the people of Stamford for the commemorative Battle of Britain service and parade.
Stamford residents turned out with RAF Wittering personnel to mark the annual commemoration of the Battle of Britain. Fought in the skies over Britain over 70 years ago, it remains the defining engagement in the Royal Air Force’s near 100
year history.
The service and parade was the first for Group Captain Tony Keeling since taking over as Station Commander in June. It was also a first for Reverend Squadron Leader Stewart Shaw, who also came to RAF Wittering as Padre recently.
Group Captain Keeling said: “We are here to remember The Few, those who gave their lives during the Battle of Britain. For serving RAF personnel and veterans today resonates very deeply, but it is important to remember that we were not alone in those days. People were on our side, so we’re saying thank you for that too.”
The service took place at All Saints Church and was led by Reverend Squadron Leader Shaw and the Very Reverend Mark Warrick.
Stamford Mayor, Coun Anthony J. Story, Stamford councillors and council officials from Lincolnshire and Peterborough joined townsfolk at the memorial outside Browne’s Hospital on Broad Street to watch the military drill and the laying
of wreaths.
Councillor Story said: “I am honoured to represent the citizens of Stamford. Back in 1940 the people of Stamford would have seen aircraft leaving RAF Wittering, knowing the pilots were on the way to engage the enemy.
That experience gets passed on from generation to generation, so it’s no surprise to me that Stamford is still very proud of its association with the Royal Air Force.”

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