Melton parade marks 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain

The Battle of Britain parade passes through the junction of High Street with Wilton Road in Melton on Sunday'Photo: @MeltonBlue EMN-150922-155325001
The Battle of Britain parade passes through the junction of High Street with Wilton Road in Melton on Sunday'Photo: @MeltonBlue EMN-150922-155325001
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This year’s Battle of Britain parade through the streets of Melton was particularly special as it marked the 75th anniversary of what was a pivotal event in the Second World War.

Organised by the town branch of the Royal Air Force Association (RAFA), participants were led by the Tally Ho! Marching Band from Park Road at 11am on Sunday.

The Battle of Britain parade in High Street, Melton, on Sunday morning, led by the Tally Ho! Marching Band EMN-150922-162740001

The Battle of Britain parade in High Street, Melton, on Sunday morning, led by the Tally Ho! Marching Band EMN-150922-162740001

They marched along Nottingham Street into High Street from where they made their way to the memorial gardens at Egerton Lodge, where wreaths were laid by representatives of RAFA and the Royal British Legion.

A short service was held in the gardens followed by the Last Post and Reveille before the parade marched back to Nottingham Street and were dismissed outside the baptist church.

RAFA branch secretary Brenda Cox said: “The parade was a little smaller this year because we didn’t have so many Air Training Corps cadets as it was their flying day.

“It was a still a very good parade and we had a good turnout in the streets.

“This year was particularly important as it marked the 75th anniversary but we will go on remembering the Battle of Britain as long as we are able.”

There was also a Service of Dedication later that day at the town’s Sage Cross Chapel, where standards were again paraded.

Lessons were read by the Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Lady Gretton, and the Mayor of Melton, Councillor Jeanne Douglas, and the service was led by Deacon Dawn Canham.

l Members of RAFA were out last week making collections in Melton for the organisation’s Wings Appeal, which supports serving and ex-RAF personnel and their families, and selling anniversary pin badges.

Proceeds are not yet known but collections outside Tesco on September 5 raised £244.45 for the cause.