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WATCH poignant Battle of Britain parade through Suffolk town

PUBLISHED: 19:00 15 September 2019 | UPDATED: 11:55 16 September 2019

Parade of servicemen from RAF Honington and the voluntary band parading in Bury St Edmunds for Battle of Britain Day  Picture: ELLA WILKINSON

Parade of servicemen from RAF Honington and the voluntary band parading in Bury St Edmunds for Battle of Britain Day Picture: ELLA WILKINSON

ELLA WILKINSON

Today servicemen and women from RAF Honington took part in a Battle of Britain Memorial parade in Bury St Edmunds.

Parade of servicemen from RAF Honington and its voluntary band parading in Bury St Edmunds for Battle of Britain Day  Picture: ELLA WILKINSONParade of servicemen from RAF Honington and its voluntary band parading in Bury St Edmunds for Battle of Britain Day Picture: ELLA WILKINSON

A large crowd gathered to watch the parade on Angel Hill - which was then followed by a memorial service at St Mary's Church.

Personnel from RAF Honington were accompanied by the USAF Honour Guard and led by RAF Honnington Voluntary band.

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The parade and service at St Mary's Church marked the culmination of the Battle of Britain on September 15, 1940.

Parade of servicemen from RAF Honington and the voluntary band parading in Bury St Edmunds for Battle of Britain Day  Picture: ELLA WILKINSONParade of servicemen from RAF Honington and the voluntary band parading in Bury St Edmunds for Battle of Britain Day Picture: ELLA WILKINSON

A spokesman for RAF Honington said: "The Battle of Britain served not only as an example of the importance of airpower in warfare, but also highlighted the important role played in the battle by the members of allied nations.

"Pilots who had escaped from Poland, France and Norway joined British and Commonwealth pilots in defending Britain from invasion, as well as beginning the fight back against Germany."

Read more: We will remember them - Looking at war memorials, 80 years after the start of WW2

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