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Picture special: Poignant ceremony in Inverness marks 80th anniversary of Battle of Britain


By Val Sweeney

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Poignant tribute has been paid to those involved in a pivotal chapter of World War II at a ceremony in Inverness.

Former and serving military personnel, along with others gathered at the war memorial in Cavell Gardens to mark the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, which saw RAF pilots stand up to large-scale attacks from the German Luftwaffe intent on wiping out Britain’s air defences

After weeks of unremitting attacks, the RAF emerged victorious and a planned invasion of Britain was called off.

Wreaths were placed at the memorial by retired RAF wing commander Steve Walsh OBE and Bart Lucas, chairman of the Inverness branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland.

Canon Dr John Cuthbert led the service and Millburn Academy pupil Craig Wardrope played The Last Post.

Mr Lucas said it was a small gathering due to the coronavirus pandemic but commented: “It is very important to mark the anniversary.”

He added that there had been an RAF base in the city’s Longman area during World War II.

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