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Battle of Britain Sunday

This Sunday sees Shrewsbury’s civic leaders marking the 81st anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

In view of the continued rise in Coronavirus cases in the county, it has been decided that the usual Church service at St. Chad’s will not take place. The arrangements will be similar to last year, with a special service to be held in the Quarry from 10.45am.

The Last Post will be sounded at 11.00am followed by two-minute silence. The event will be concluded with a wreath-laying ceremony by the Mayor of Shrewsbury and senior officers from RAF Shawbury at the War Memorial in the Quarry, to commemorate the hundreds of lives lost during the battle.

The annual commemorative service marks the defence of the United Kingdom by Royal Air Force pilots and aircrew, and the loss of more than 500 lives, during the Battle of Britain in 1940, which has been recognised as the first major campaign to be fought entirely by air forces.

The Mayor of Shrewsbury, Councillor Julian Dean, will be attending and will pay tribute to the those who served: “I am honoured to be taking part in this weekend’s commemorative events as I feel that we owe so much to our brave pilots and aircrew who fought to defend our country.”

Members of the public will be welcome to join the Mayor in paying tribute to those who served, especially on the 81st anniversary of the Battle of Britain.


Published 8 September 2021