Banbury commemorated one of the critical campaigns of the Second World War today (18/09/) as the town remembered the heroic defence of the country in the Battle of Britain.
Large crowds gathered as Banbury’s Battle of Britain Military and Civic Parade marched from the Town Hall at 11.00am, parading around the Banbury Cross before coming to a standstill outside the Whately Hall Hotel.
At 11.30am spectators were delighted to see a fly-past by a RAF BBMF Spitfire fighter plane, which made three low-level flights over Horsefair.
St Mary’s Church then hosted a memorial service at 11.40am before the parade marched back down the High Street to take a salute before dismissal in Broad Street.
Officially, the Battle of Britain is remembered from July 10th to October 31st with 15th September being recognised as Battle of Britain day as it was the day when RAF Fighter Command claimed what proved to be a decisive victory over the German Luftwaffe.