RAF Marham Commemorates The Battle Of Britain
Personnel from RAF Marham paraded at the City of Norwich last month to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and to exercise their Freedom of the City.
Despite the inclement weather conditions, the crowds braved the rain and turned out in their hundreds to show their support for the men and women of RAF Marham and to honour those who gave their lives in the Battle of Britain. A single flight of personnel marched alongside the Band of the Royal Air Force College. After a moment of reflection to remember those who served and those who lost their lives 75 years ago, Group Captain Richard Davies escorted The Right Worshipful, The Lord Mayor of Norwich, Councillor Brenda Arthur to review the personnel on parade.
Gp Capt Davies began his speech by saying, “Firstly, let me thank you all for attending today, at what is not only the 75th Anniversary commemoration for the Battle of Britain, but also RAF Marham’s opportunity to exercise its Freedom of the City of Norwich, by marching through your streets with our bands playing, flags flying and bayonets fixed. And in doing so today we once again affirm our bond with this great city and its people. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my team on parade today, who are immaculately presented, and make me proud, as ever, to be a member of the Royal Air Force.
Gp Capt Davies went on to pay tribute to those who had lost their lives during the Battle of Britain, speaking of their bravery and heroism, before thanking the local community for their support. “Finally, thank you all once again for turning out today– I would finish by thanking all those in the local community who continue to staunchly support the Royal Air Force, and RAF Marham in particular. I am continually humbled by the enormous support we receive, and long may this continue, thank you.