Wednesday 16th September
“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few” – Sir Winston Churchill
Yesterday marked the culmination of a week’s worth of activities and, no doubt, months of planning all aimed at marking the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and celebrating Swindon’s own Battle of Britain hero: Harold Morley Starr.
I’m not going to write in detail about everything here because there’s plenty of other information out there in Swindon’s other media outlets – see links below.
Rather this post is mainly to say thank you to everyone, but notably the good people of Swindon Heritage magazine who clearly worked so hard to make everything happen. I think it’s been amazing, all of it.
I was fortunate to be invited to attend the ceremony and flypast of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight at Radnor Street cemetery yesterday and it was an honour and privilege to do so. Here’s a few of my photos to give you a flavour:
The rain held off for the proceedings which was most fortuitous though the flypast was delayed by a couple of hours due to inclement weather at its starting point at Goodwood. Sadly as most marvellous as the Swindon Heritage people are not even they can control the weather! But at least it happened – albeit late. So hurrah for that as it would have been a crushing disappointment for it not to have happened at all.
Here’s the Videoworks recording of the event on YouTube:
Other places where you can read and see more about Swindon’s celebrations of The Few, Harold Starr and the Battle of Britain:
- An audio documentary from Dave Woods of Swindon 105.5: http://www.swindonheritage.com/blog/the-harold-starr-audio-documentary/
- Swindon Web: http://www.swindonweb.com/event/
- Swindon Link: http://swindonlink.com/2015/09/look-to-the-skies-battle-of-britain-memorial-flight-above-swindon/
- Swindon Heritage: http://www.swindonheritage.com/swindon-remembers-home
Plus lots of pictures on the Swindon Heritage Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SwindonHeritage?fref=ts
Read about The Few here: http://www.winstonchurchill.org/resources/speeches/1940-the-finest-hour/the-few
Finally, a poem by William Walker: