12:57PM, Monday 16 September 2013
Fallen war heroes were remembered in Windsor yesterday as the 73rd anniversary of the Battle of Britain was marked.
War veterans, Royal Borough councillors and members of Windsor Cadets held a remembrance parade in the High Street.
Wreaths were then laid outside the war memorial by the Royal Air Force Association (RAFA), the cadets and Windsor and Maidenhead Deputy Mayor Cllr John Lenton (Con, Horton and Wraysbury).
They then attended a service at the nearby Windsor Parish Church to remember soldiers who fought and died in the key battle.
The Battle of Britain was a Second World War air campaign waged by the German Air Force in 1940. Thousands lost their lives.
RAFA chairman Peter Stringer, 84, a former member of Windsor's 459 Squadron, laid a wreath to remember the fallen.
"It is good we have these parades and that we remember those people who lost their lives in the battle," he said.
The battle was the first major one fought entirely by air forces, and Hitler's failure to destroy Britain's air defences was seen as a turning point in the war.
Cllr Lenton said he was pleased so many members of the Air Training Corps turned out.
"It was a crucial battle and if we had lost who knows where Germany would have stopped and it may have been a very different world now," he added.
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