Parade moves through Weston to mark Battle of Britain anniversary

PUBLISHED: 16:00 19 September 2017

The parade makes its way through Weston. (Picture: Kenneth Lynch)

The parade makes its way through Weston. (Picture: Kenneth Lynch)

Kenneth Lynch

A parade made its way through Weston-super-mare this weekend to mark Battle of Britain Day.

Flag-bearers at St John's Church. (Picture: Kenneth Lynch)Flag-bearers at St John's Church. (Picture: Kenneth Lynch)

Members of Weston’s RAF Association marched through the town to St John’s Church, in Lower Church Road, where a ceremony was held to mark the famous World War Two battle.

In total, 2,937 British and Allied airmen were awarded the Battle of Britain clasp for flying in at least one sortie from July 10 to October 31, 1940.

Leonard Northwood Guy, who was born in Weston, was one of those men, having joined the RAF in 1939.

He was involved in at least five flights during the battle, and is believed to have destroyed eight enemy aircraft.

He took off in his Hurricane for the last time on August 18, and was shot down somewhere over the sea near Portsmouth.

A wreath to commemorate the battle was hung during the weekend’s service at St John’s Church.

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