Battle of Britain service at Little Bowden

The 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain service at St Nicholas church in Little Bowden.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER
The 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain service at St Nicholas church in Little Bowden.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

This year’s Battle of Britain service, by the Market Harborough branch of the Royal Air Forces Association, was held at St Nicholas Church, Little Bowden, on Sunday September 20, where the group was joined by members of 1084 (Market Harborough) Squadron ATC.,the Royal British Legion and the Royal Naval Association. The principal guests were Cllr Mike Rook (council chairman) and his wife Elaine Rook.

The local RAF’s president John Hartley (bearded in photo) served as a Navigator in the Far East and was awarded the D.F.C for his part in dropping supplies to the troops in Malaya until the end of the war with Japan.

In September throughout the UK, the RAF Association reached out to local communities in a nationwide fundraising drive, its Annual Wings Appeal. The RAF Association receives no Government help and relies for a great part of its income on fundraising.