An unplanned flypast from a solo Spitfire added to the occasion when the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust held its annual tribute to the men of the Battle of Britain on Friday.
The Trust holds a Service of Commemoration on Battle of Britain Day every 15 September, regardless of what day of the week it falls on.
This year’s simple service, led by the Rev Brian Williams, Vicar of Alkham with Capel-le-Ferne and Hougham, was again well attended by local people who gathered to pay their respects to the men who defended the country from invasion in 1940.
September 15 saw the Luftwaffe sustain heavy losses which led to a change in German tactics and played a significant role in stalling Hitler’s invasion plans.
A group of standard bearers added to the solemnity of the occasion, which included the usual two minute silence and was followed by wreath laying at the National Memorial to the Few.
The Biggin Hill Spitfire that overflew the site at the start of the service returned a little later for another pass, and was followed by a lunchtime visit by a Spitfire and Hurricane pair.