Spectacular Spitfire flypast topped off Battle of Britain service

Derek Coates, John Cooper, Brian Crowley, Ken Horner and George Bulman from Boston RAFA branch, along with Bill Gale from the Boston branch of the Royal British Legion
Derek Coates, John Cooper, Brian Crowley, Ken Horner and George Bulman from Boston RAFA branch, along with Bill Gale from the Boston branch of the Royal British Legion

A service of remembrance in Boston to mark the 74th anniversary of the Battle of Britain was followed by a dramatic flypast from an RAF Spitfire.

RAF members, veterans, local dignitaries, Staniland Academy pupils and members of the public gathered around the War Memorial in Wide Bargate on Monday for the service.

Church representatives gave thanks to God for the ‘great victory won by the Royal Air Force which saved our country from invasion in 1940’ and prayed for all those who suffered and still suffer, as a result of war.

The service, which included the laying of the wreath and the playing of The Last Post, was followed by the sight of the Spitfire from RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

There will be an anniversary service held this Sunday, at 11.30am at St Botolph’s Church, which will be followed by a parade to the Memorial Gardens and another Spitfire flypast at 12.45pm.