VIDEO: Veterans parade Sheffield streets for Battle of Britain

Hundreds of veterans and former air force members paraded through the streets of Sheffield today to help pay their respects to those who served and the many who died in the conflict 74 years ago.

Wreaths were laid and the Last Post and Reveille was sounded, before a parade by RAFA members and Royal Air Force Cadets from Barkers Pool through the city centre to the Cathedral, led by Oughtibridge Brass Band.

The Battle of Britain Parade

The Battle of Britain Parade

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A service attended by the Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire David Moody and the Lord Mayor of Sheffield Peter Rippon was held at the Cathedral, followed by a parade and March Past outside Cutlers Hall.

The Battle Of Britain is the name given to the air campaign waged by the German Luftwaffe on Britain during the Second World War, which resulted in victory in the skies for allied forces despite being outnumbered.

The event also marked the Battle of Arnhem, a famous WW2 battle in which the Germans defeated an allied attack around the Dutch towns of Arnhem, Oosterbeek, Wolfheze, Driel from 17 to 26 September 1944.

Nick Longden, warrant officer for Royal Air Force Air Cadets 362 Elm Tree Squadron in Manor Top, said: “It has been a really good turnout.

“I think this year it has been seen by people who wouldn’t normally see it because of the event in Barkers Pool. So people are coming and seeing it who might not have done so otherwise. That will change their perception and perhaps they will come to see things we do in the future.

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