Battle of Britain anniversary service

Honouring the fallen: The RAFA service at St Matthew's Church, Sutton Bridge, on Sunday. Photo: SG110911-113NG
Honouring the fallen: The RAFA service at St Matthew's Church, Sutton Bridge, on Sunday. Photo: SG110911-113NG
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LONG Sutton and Sutton Bridge branch of The Royal Air Forces Association held a church service to mark the 71st anniversary of The Battle of Britain.

The service at St Matthew’s, Sutton Bridge, was conducted on Sunday by a former vicar of Spalding, The Ven Tim Barker, Archdeacon of Lincoln.

Sutton Bridge was a wartime RAF training station and there are more than 60 graves in St Matthew’s churchyard for pilots who were killed while learning to fly as well as a memorial.

Among those attending the service were South Holland and The Deepings MP John Hayes, district council chairman Coun Mick Seymour, and representatives from Long Sutton and Sutton Bridge parish councils and the air weapons range at Holbeach.