Battle of Britain Sunday - parade and service in town centre

Memorial service in Carfax, Horsham.
Memorial service in Carfax, Horsham.

The Battle of Britain was commemorated with a parade, service, and wreath laying in Horsham’s Carfax on Sunday morning.

Jeremy Quin MP, the newest member of Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) Horsham and Storrington Branch laid a wreath at the war memorial on behalf of all Horsham constituents.

Elaine Britton of RAFA Horsham and Storrington told the County Times: “If the Battle of Britain had been lost, the consequences would be too awful to think about. We know what happened in other invaded countries. Why would Britain be any different?

“Concentration camps, loss of democracy, freedom of speech, religion, to name but a few. There would have been no D­Day, USA and Canada would have been isolated on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, and Hitler would have sent all his troops to the East and Russia would probably fallen too.

“All this happened 75 years ago and our lives would be very different to what we have now without the continued sacrifices these brave pilots and their ground support made..

“We celebrate our freedom and remember this historical event on 15th September every year but as the years go by ‘The Few’ become less and ‘the Battle of Britain’ is in danger of becoming just history. This cannot happen, ‘We will remember them’ is the same as saying ‘We must not forget them’.”

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