Battle of Britain service remembers WW1 personnel in Falmouth
SERVICE personnel gathered in Falmouth to mark the 73rd anniversary of the Battle of Britain.
Members of the RAF Association branches from Falmouth, Camborne and Redruth, and RAF St Mawgan mixed with local parishioners for a “moving” service to remember those that fought during the Second World War.
The 120-strong congregation celebrated the anniversary at Falmouth Parish Church of king Charles the Martyr on September 15, the same date as the height of the Battle of Britain over 70 years ago.
Also present was the Falmouth branch of the Royal Naval Association, with its standard, as well as members of the Royal Flying Corps and the Army.
County chairman of the RAF Association, Lance Smale, said: “It was a very moving service, particularly the choir singing Wings of the Morning which was brilliantly performed. It was one of the highlights.
“The whole vibe from local people who came to the service was great.”
Schubert’s Wings of the Morning was dedicated to Flying officer Geoffrey Wellum, the Spitfire pilot and author of First Light. The anthem was “beautifully” sung by the church choir, directed Angus Webster.
The service was followed by a reception in the church hall.
Mr Smale said: “That was packed with people who were not only interested in the service but also the whole event.”
Retired wing commander Rev Andrew Turner led the service.
Among those Attending were Falmouth Town Mayor Geoffrey Evans, officers and senior non-commissioned officers from RAF St Mawgan and RRH Portreath.
The guard of honour was provided by Falmouth's 1157 Squadron Air Training Corps.
See more pictures in the West Briton, out Thursday.