Hundreds turn out for Banbury’s Battle of Britain parade

Banbury WWII veterans march around Banbury Cross
Banbury WWII veterans march around Banbury Cross

Banbury residents came out in force to show their respects to those who fought in the Battle of Britain and witness a Spitfire fighter plane make three low level flights over the town.

The 1940 battle was the first solely airborne battle and took place in the skies over southern England.

Banbury Town Mayor Gordon Ross

Banbury Town Mayor Gordon Ross

The RAF, using the now iconic Spitfire fighter plane, repelled the advances of the Nazi Luftwaffe during the four month long, WWII battle.

To mark the instrumental war effort Sunday’s commemoration, organised by Banbury Town Council, began with a military and civic parade along High Street, round The Cross into Horsefair for the flypast of a Spitfire.

The entourage then continued to St Mary’s Church for a memorial service.

Finally the parade marched back down High Street for the salute.

Cadets lead the parade

Cadets lead the parade

Leader of the council Kieron Mallon said: “Today was a magnificent tribute to those who fought in the Battle of Britain.

“Seeing a Spitfire is a quite moving experience and we should not forget the part the planes played in defeating Hitler’s forces.”

Banbury played a significant role in WW2.

The town’s former aluminium factory supplied metal used in the manufacture of aircraft for the RAF, including Spitfires and Lancaster bombers.

The iconic Spitfire makes a fly past

The iconic Spitfire makes a fly past

Banbury was also at the centre of a number of wartime airfields including RAF Heyford, Barford St John, Shenington, Hinton-in- the-Hedges, Enstone, Greatworth, Finmere, Turweston, Silverstone, Chipping Warden, Croughton and Gaydon.