Dereham remembers the Battle of Britain

Dereham town centre came to a standstill today as war veterans and young cadets joined forces to take part in the annual Battle of Britain parade.

The Dereham and Swaffham Branch of the Royal Air Force Association organised the parade and its standards along with those of the Fakenham branch and also those from the Royal British Legion and the Royal Naval Association were carried.

Air Cadets from the 1249 Dereham, 2534 Fakenham and 864 Watton squadrons took part.

Led by Dereham Band, the parade moved off from the Cherry Tree car park and went in to the Market Place where the salute was taken by town mayor Michael Fanthorpe and Wing Commander Phil Osborn from RAF Marham.

Crowds of onlookers watched the parade, which then continued in to Church Street and to St Nicholas Parish Church, where a memorial service was held.

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The event commemorates the Battle of Britain in 1940 and marks the end of Wings Week, when members raise money around the towns for RAFA's welfare work with ex-servicemen and women and their families.

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