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Many remember 'The Few'

Many turned out in Boston's Memorial Gardens on Tuesday to pay their respects to "The Few" and were treated to a lone Tornado flypast.

Battle of Britain Memorial salute Squadron Leader Andy Reid, Officer Commanding Station Support Services RAF Coningsby Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window

Squadron Leader Andy Reid salutes after placing a wreath at the all-services memorial

Battle of Britain memorial plaque Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window

Standard bearers Frank Thompson, of Boston Veterans Memorial Plaque Committee, left, and Ken Willows, chairman of the Spalding branch of the Royal Lincolnshire Regiment Association, right, with Brian Halls, Welfare Officer RAFA, with the new Battle of Britain Commemorative Plaque

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The plaque detailing Battle of Britain losses on both sides

Battle of Britain memorial children from Park Academy Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window

Attentive children from Park Academy listen to the reading by Mr Charles Green of Boston RAFA

Battle of Britain Memorial Charles Green, Boston branch of RAFA Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window

Mr Green reads the poem High Flight, written by Second World War Spitfire pilot John Gillespie Magee Jr

Battle of Britain Memorial Service last post by Baz Starbuck, former Band Warrant Officer Royal Anglian Regiment

Baz Starbuck plays the Last Post

Battle of Britain tribute Bob Cory, President Boston branch RAFA Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window

Robert Cory, President of Boston branch of RAFA, pauses in quiet contemplation after laying a wreath

 

The RAF fighter bomber scorched dead centre and arrow straight on the first chimes of 11am, a poignant reminder of the heroism and sacrifice of the lone pilots who defended Britain 75 years ago.

 

The act of remembrance marked the anniversary of the Battle of Britain and was attended by residents from all generations, including children from Park Academy.

The Rev Canon Alyson Buxton, vicar at St Botolph's Church (Boston Stump) officiated from the steps of the main war memorial. She said those assembled had come to give thanks for the victory won by the RAF which saved the country from invasion in 1940.

She said: "We remember those who died in the service of our land and especially in the Battle of Britain. We give thanks for their selfless purpose and their noble ideals."

Mr Charles Green, of Boston branch of the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) gave the reading and at the dedication of a new Battle of Britain memorial plaque in Veterans Way he read a poem, High Flight, written by a Second World War Spitfire pilot who died after a mid-air crash over Lincolnshire.

The Last Post and Reveille was played by Baz Starbuck, former Band Warrant Officer with the Royal Anglian Regiment.

Mr Robert Cory, President of the Boston branch of RAFA recited the dedication of RAFA. Squadron Leader Andy Reid, Officer Commanding Station Support Services from RAF Coningsby laid a wreath at the foot of the memorial dedicated to the memory of all those from the services.

Mayor and Mayoress of Boston, Cllrs Richard and Alison Austin, were in attendance.