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In pictures: Battle of Britain parade

Battle of Britain parade 2009 in Norwich

Hundreds of people flocked to Norwich City Hall to honour the work of the Royal Air Force on Monday, 14 September, 2009. Photographs by David Keller.

Battle of Britain parade 2009 in Norwich

Two flights of RAF Marham's Station Ceremonial Squadron and the Standards of II(AC) Squadron, IX(B) Squadron, XIII Squadron and 31 Squadron were greeted by the Lord Mayor of Norwich.

Battle of Britain parade 2009 in Norwich

The parade was led by The Band of the Royal Air Force College at RAF Cranwell, who started the proceedings at 11.30am.

Battle of Britain parade 2009 in Norwich

As City Hall struck 12pm, a lone Spitfire appeared from the east and flew over Norwich Castle towards the crowds and the procession.

Battle of Britain parade 2009 in Norwich

The Spitfire flew over Norwich to mark the start of Battle of Britain Week, when Britain commemorates the epic air battle of WWII and remembers those who served and still serve in the RAF.

Battle of Britain parade 2009 in Norwich

Councillor Evelyn Collishaw met Sqn Ldr Amanda Martin-Smith, who was the first female officer to command the parade in Norwich.

Battle of Britain parade 2009 in Norwich

Sqn Ldr Martin-Smith trained as an RAF Officer at RAF Cranwell in 1996 and has served in conflict zones all over the world, including Afghanistan.

Battle of Britain parade 2009 in Norwich

The crowds watched in awe as the RAF personnel marched through the centre of Norwich, with the RAF standard flying proudly from Norwich Castle.

Battle of Britain parade 2009 in Norwich

The servicemen and women line up before their final march. During the Battle of Britain, the British Spitfires and Hurricanes repelled the German Luftwaffe over the UK coast.

Battle of Britain parade 2009 in Norwich

The crowd applaud as the RAF squadrons are dismissed. Other Battle of Britain parades around Norfolk included one at Tower Gardens in King's Lynn during the same morning.




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