World War II Spitfire, flies over the Battle of Britain Memorial in Folkestone, Kent, in a tribute to the fallen on Remembrance Day 101119 CREDIT PA.jpg
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Battle Of Britain Memorial Day Commemorated Online

The annual event had to be cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

World War II Spitfire, flies over the Battle of Britain Memorial in Folkestone, Kent, in a tribute to the fallen on Remembrance Day 101119 CREDIT PA.jpg

Commemorations for the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain are taking place online because of the continuing coronavirus crisis.

The anniversary of the Second World War air battle is normally marked with a service on a Sunday in  July.

Instead, an online event was organised by the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust using archive film footage to recreate the spectacle that normally attracts crowds.

It also features a contribution from a Spitfire and a Hurricane from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, as well as music from the band of the RAF Regiment.

Richard Hunting CBE, Chairman of the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust, said whilst "naturally disappointed" at being forced to cancel Memorial Day, the Trust "decided very quickly to follow the example of the Few and face the challenge head on".

"This year’s virtual event will clearly not be the same as a ‘real’ Memorial Day, but it will still be a great occasion; a time for us all to come together to remember the Few during this very special year," he said.

An Act of Remembrance led by a Chaplain and tributes from family, friends and serving RAF personnel are also included in the online programme.

The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust said it had been overwhelmed by the support it has received since deciding to host the virtual memorial.

Cover image: A library image of a Second World War Spitfire flying over the Battle of Britain Memorial (Picture: PA).