Grantham marks the 75th anniversary of the pivotal Battle of Britain

Ceremony to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.
Ceremony to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.
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A ceremony to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain was held in Grantham on Tuesday.

The service, by the war memorial in the churchyard of St Wulfram’s, was organised by the Royal Air Force Association (RAFA) and led by rector of Grantham Father Stuart Cradduck.

Mayor Jacky Smith lays a wreath.

Mayor Jacky Smith lays a wreath.

A Guard of Honour of 47F Squadron ATC cadets lined the approach to the memorial, while standard-bearers took up position on either flank. A trumpeter played the Last Post and Reveille, after which Mayor of Grantham Jacky Smith, escorted by two female cadets, laid a wreath. The female cadets were chosen as a tribute to the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) aircraft plotters and communications and radar operators of 1940, whose “work was critical to our victory,” said Grp Capt Don Hiller (retd).

Meanwhile, the RAF Ensign has been flying above Fellows Café this week to mark the anniversary of the Second World War battle between the RAF and German Luftwaffe. As a former member of the RAF for 22 years, Ged McKnight flies the flag every year on the anniversary.

Ged said: “I put up the flag because I wanted to show that somebody cares. I’m ex-Air Force, I did 22 years. There’s a lot of ex-RAF in the area and this flag is something that will hopefully make them feel good.”

RAF flag flies above Fellows Cafe in Westgate, Grantham.

RAF flag flies above Fellows Cafe in Westgate, Grantham.