Veterans and dignitaries gather at Norwich Cathedral for Battle of Britain commemorative service

The Battle of Britain memorial service at Norwich Cathedral marks the 75th anniversary of fight in t

The Battle of Britain memorial service at Norwich Cathedral marks the 75th anniversary of fight in the air.Picture by SIMON FINLAY. - Credit: Archant Norfolk

'We will remember them.'

The Battle of Britain memorial service at Norwich Cathedral marks the 75th anniversary of fight in t

The Battle of Britain memorial service at Norwich Cathedral marks the 75th anniversary of fight in the air.Picture by SIMON FINLAY. - Credit: Archant Norfolk

The words echoed through lofty Norwich Cathedral, as hundreds of veterans, dignitaries, cadets and airmen and women united with the same message.

It came during a ceremony yesterday morning to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, the ferocious air campaign waged against the UK by Germany during the Second World War.

Pews were packed as visitors sang hymns, listened to readings and paused for reflection during the Last Post and the following moment of silence.

Outside the cathedral, a parade of Air Cadets, the Royal Air Force and veterans wound its way around the green, met by applause and salutes from Richard Jewson, Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk and chairman of the Norwich War Memorial Trust, Lord Mayor of Norwich Brenda Arthur and Norfolk chief constable Simon Bailey among others.


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Mr Jewson said: 'Norfolk was very involved in the air campaign during the Second World War and I think we feel very close to the Royal Air Force.

'It's demonstrated by how many people have attended today.'

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Marjorie Lake, who lives in Costessey, attended the ceremony with her grandson.

The 91-year-old said: 'My husband Harry, who passed away a few years ago, fought in the Battle of Britain.

'It's so important to make sure we remember and remain grateful for their sacrifices - I've tried to instil that in my children. I thought the service was very fitting and I was pleased to see so many people there.'

The service comes after the biggest gathering of Battle of Britain aircraft since the Second World War to mark the aerial conflict's 75th anniversary on Tuesday, attended by Prince Harry.

Are you organising an event to commemorate a Second World War anniversary? Email reporter Lauren Cope on lauren.cope@archant.co.uk

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