Banbury unites to remember pivotal Second World War battle

Hundreds of people turned out in Banbury on Sunday to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and to witness an impressive Spitfire flypast over the town.

The battle is described by many as one of the pivotal moments in the Second World War as the Royal Air Force’s decisive victory over the German Luftwaffe in 1940 stopped Hitler and the advancing Nazi forces from invading Great Britain.

The Air Training Corps Band leads Banbury's Battle of Britain parade yesterday (Sunday). NNL-150913-154728009

The Air Training Corps Band leads Banbury's Battle of Britain parade yesterday (Sunday). NNL-150913-154728009

To mark this milestone Banbury joined other towns across the country in remembering those men and women who died for their country and the Air Training Corps Band led a parade featuring town mayor Tony Mepham and members from the Army Reserve and Royal British Legion.

Following a commemorative service at St Mary’s Church on Horsefair, a gathering crowd stood in silence outside the Whately Hall Hotel to witness the impressive Spitfire flypast which flew over the Banbury Cross and brought to life again a popular scene during wartime Britain.

After the flypast the parade marched back down the High Street before being dismissed in Broad Street.

Click on the video above to view a slideshow of pictures from the parade.