Remembering the heroes

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A SPECIAL service will be held in Morpeth to commemorate the Battle of Britain.

The service, which will take place at St Mary’s Church on Sunday, has been organised by the Morpeth Branch of the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA).

Branch member Stan Smith, 82, who was stationed at Acklington, suggested the event after witnessing similar services in South Africa to remember the RAF’s great victory of 1940, which saved England from invasion by Nazi Germany.

Chris Guy, who is helping to organise the service, said: “The Morpeth branch has been fairly dormant for a number of years, but we have a new committee and we wanted to resurrect this.”

On Sunday, the RAF ensign will be presented at the church at 10am.

The remembrance service will be attended by RAF personnel past and present and civic dignitaries, such as Morpeth Mayor Phil Taylor, a Deputy Lord Lieutenant of the county and Northumberland County Council Chairman George Todd.A reception will be held for invited guests at the RAFA Club afterwards.