Jul 10

Huntingdon & District RNA attend a Battle of Britain Service, 10 July 2017

On Monday 10th July 2017, shipmates from Huntingdon & District Branch attended a flag raising ceremony to commemorate the Battle of Britain.

Military personnel and Standard Bearers at Castle Hill House

Shipmates Karl Webb, Bill Small, Derrick Morgan and Mark Fearon attended the service, with Bill parading the Branch Standard.

RNA, RBL and RAFA Standards

The welcome was given by the Chairman of Huntingon District Council (HDC), Cllr Richard West. The RAF Ensign was then Blessed by the Reverend, Wing Commander Eddie Wynn.

RAF Padre, Eddie Wynn Blessing the RAF Ensign

The RAF ensign was then hoisted up the mast which stands in front of Castle Hill House, the wartime home of the Pathfinder Force.

Hoisting the RAF Ensign

The Last Post was then played by Lewis Bourne from RAF Wyton’s voluntary band.

Dipped Standards

On completion of the Last Post, speeches were given by Group Captain (Retired) Ron Saunders and the commanding officer of RAF Wyton, Wing Commander Phil Owen.

Speech from RAF Wyton Commanding Officer Wg Cdr Phil Owen

To draw the ceremony to a close, the Chair of HDC thanked all who attended.

Closing speech by Cllr Richard West, Chair Huntingdon District Council

The VIPs and guests were then invited into the Civic Suite for refreshments.

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More photos from the Battle of Britain Service in Huntingdon (click on the first (or any) image and use the scroll bars to view):

 

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