A Service of Thanksgiving to commemorate the 76th anniversary of Battle of Britain Week, took place in Eastbourne yesterday (18 September).
The Mayor, former military personnel and cadets gathered at Upperton United Reform Church, Upperton Road, for the service lead by Reverend (Wing Commander) Howard John, who said, “In my 14 years as Chaplin of Eastbourne RAFA, this is one of the most successful services we’ve had. All age groups in attendance with a representation from Eastbourne College ATC and the main parade by Eastbourne’s 54th Squadron ATC.”
The Worshipful, the Mayor, Councillor Pat Hearn, who was greeted by Graham Marsden, Honorary Alderman and President of Eastbourne RAFA and Standard Bearers representing RAFA, ATC, The Paras, The Naval Association and REME gave a reading.
Cllr Hearn said, “I felt privileged to read the lesson.”
During his sermon, Reverend John said, “The spirit of mutual care and cooperation we have just witnessed in the Olympics and especially the Paralympics was the spirit of the Battle of Britain and is the spirit we need to rediscover today. Our world is made up of many nations, faiths, cultures and political ideas and we can’t have peace until we learn to value each other and realise that we are all part of the human body God created.”