Newark’s links with the RAF were praised as part the town’s annual Battle of Britain service on Sunday.
The wreath-laying ceremony at the memorial outside Newark's Parish Church. (090912TM2-4)
The town’s mayor, Mrs Irene Brown, said Newark was privileged to have had good connections with the RAF since 1940.
“I am sure many present today can remember when buses used to be lined up at the Castle Station to pick up cadets training at RAF Swinderby and when blue uniforms were commonplace around the town,” she said at the reception the Town Hall following a church service.
“Those connections have meant that the town has been able to continue to commemorate the Battle of Britain and I am honoured to be involved.
“The RAF representation has changed over the years and it has been lovely to have had officers here today on parade. Their presence and the support of RAF Cranwell going forward, despite changes within the RAF, is much appreciated by Newark.”
She also thanked the Air Cadets from the 1260 Newark and District Air Training Corps for their role in the service.
She said young people were our future and hoped they would be inspired to continue in their involvement and go on to join the RAF.
Finally, she praised the veterans present and those responsible for protecting our shores and preserving our way of life.
Sunday’s service, led by Rev David Anderton, Vicar of All Saints’ Church, Coddington, and St Leonard’s Church, Newark, was preceded by a parade led by the RAF Waddington Volunteer Band from London Road carpark to the war memorial outside Newark Parish Church.
For more on this and other stories buy the Advertiser every Thursday.