A memorial service was held in King’s Lynn to mark the 81st anniversary of  the Battle of Britain. Pictures: Ian Burt.

A memorial service was held in King’s Lynn to mark the 81st anniversary of  the Battle of Britain.

Veterans and dignitaries attended Monday’s service at Tower Gardens which was organised by the King’s Lynn branch of the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA). 

Deputy Lord Lieutenant Tony Williams and West Norfolk Mayor Harry Humphrey led the wreath laying, with Station Commander at RAF Marham, Group Captain Phil Marr and T/Supt Wes Hornigold of Norfolk Police.

Prayers were led by Father Adrian Ling, rector of Lynn’s All Saints Church, followed by a two minutes silence.

The secretary of RAFA, Major Gary Walker, said:  “It was good to get back to something like normality for the service, it being important that those wishing to pay their respects to those brave airmen and women who fought so valiantly for us in those dark days of 1940, many of whom made the ultimate sacrifice in the cause of our freedom, were able to do so.”

The service was followed by a mile-long march through The Walks, to mark the start of the Wings Appeal and to symbolically commemorate the “Long March”, which saw allied prisoners of war forcibly marched by the retreating Germans at the end of the Second World War from camps in Eastern Europe back to the German heartland.

This week through to Sunday, RAF Marham’s RAFA Branch was due to take part in a March For Heroes in memory of the 80,000 prisoners of war, those who lost their lives during the Battle of Britain and also through the coronavirus pandemic.

Tomorrow (Saturday) the president and chairman of RAF Marham Branch are set to march the standard at Lynn’s Parkrun at The Walks.

To donate to the Wings Appeal visit https://rafa.org.uk/donate/