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Mold remembers the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain

Trainee pilots and instructors at RAF Sealand during World War II
Trainee pilots and instructors at RAF Sealand during World War II

A veteran Hurricane pilot will officially open five days of commemoration of Flintshire's role in the Battle of Britain later.

Events starting on Wednesday include a fly-over by war planes and a parade to mark 70 years since the battle over the skies of Britain.

Many of the young RAF pilots who defeated Hitler's Luftwaffe, and scuppered plans for an invasion of Britain, were trained at bases in the county which included RAF Sealand and Hawarden.

WWII in north east Wales
Hurricane and Spitfire planes

Over the next five days the Mold Salutes event will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the battle.

In 1940, there were four operational bases within a 10 mile radius of Mold, including RAF Sealand where pilots received training - flying in the skies over the Vale of Clwyd and the north Wales coast - before heading south to join front line squadrons.

Event organisers have worked with Flintshire and Mold councils, Clwyd Theatr Cymru and Flintshire Local Voluntary Council, among others, to come up with a programme of activities.

A veteran Battle of Britain Hurricane pilot will open the commemoration on Wednesday.

Tony Pickering, one of those who trained in Flintshire, will alsogive a presentation recalling his time there and his subsequent role.

Other events include a Battle of Britain memorial flight fly over and memorial parade which will end at St Mary's, Mold's parish church, with a short memorial service.

Meanwhile, Mold pupils have already been interviewing WWII veterans as part of DVD compilation being produced to mark the anniversary and which will be made available to schools.

It's also hoped that money will be raised for two charities: The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust and Help for Heroes, which raises money to support members of the Armed Forces who have been wounded in action.

To contact the group working on Mold Salutes call 0800 142 2790 or email: moldsalutes@hotmail.com




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