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Battle of Britain commemorated

PR 68119th September 2006

Battle of Britain commemorated

Wreaths were laid in remembrance of the Battle of Britain at St Paul's Church in Langleybury on Sunday.

The special annual service was organised by the Royal Air Forces Association (Abbots and Kings Langley) and the Air Training Corps (Herts and Bucks Wing). Veterans in attendance were from the Royal Airforce and three local branches of the Royal British Legion and the British Red Cross.

Retired RAF officer, Squadron Leader Jack Stroh, said:

"We were very pleased with the turnout particularly from local MPs and the Councils."

The Memorial Service has been held for 50 years at St Paul's and was founded by Joe Watts, an engineer in the Royal Air Force during World War II. Comrades, friends and relatives paid tribute to Mr Watts following his sad death earlier this year.

Three Rivers' Chairman, Councillor David Major, laid a wreath on behalf of the District Council and paid tribute to the service personnel who fought and gave their lives during the conflict.

Councillor Major said:

"I am pleased that the tradition continues. The service was very well attended."

The event was attended by three Members of Parliament from local constituencies, representatives from six six local Councils and Western Area Commander for Hertfordshire Constabulary, Chief Superintendent Jerrry Alford.