78th Battle of Britain Anniversary and Commemoration

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78th Battle of Britain Anniversary and Commemoration

A memorial service will be held at the Blenheim War Memorial clock tower at 11.00 am on Sunday, 16 September, to mark Battle of Britain Day and to remember the New Zealand airmen who flew with the RNZAF and the RAF.

The Battle of Britain is commemorated as the turning point of World War 2 when the pilots of the RAF staved off the Luftwaffe attack on southern England despite being heavily outnumbered.

Marlborough Mayor John Leggett will welcome people to the service and the keynote speech will be made by Squadron Leader (retired) Dale Webb. Guests will include Warrant Officer of the Air Force, Warrant Officer Toni Tate, Officer Commanding Base Woodbourne Wing Commander Bernadette Pothan and Command Warrant Officer Annette Walding, also from Base Woodbourne.

There will be a fly past by Marlborough War Birds at 11.00 am.

In the event of wet weather this service will be held in the RSA Lounge at the Clubs of Marlborough.


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