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The iconic fighter plane was part of a memorable tribute to service men and women past, present and future. The aircraft brought history to life as it soared above the Market Place.
The day, organised by Banbury Town Council, included military demonstrations, static displays, military vehicles and a parade through town that included current service personnel, cadets, and veterans.
The procession was led by the band of the 1460 (Banbury) Air Training Corps.
A salute in High Street was taken by town mayor John Colegrave and Oxfordshire’s Deputy Lord Lieutenant and High Steward of Banbury Sir Tony Baldry.
A drumhead service, conducted by Padre Charles Lewis, chaplain to the Thames Valley ATC, showed how troops hold religious services in the battlefield using drums as makeshift altars.
Serving soldiers, veterans, cadets and civic leaders stood head bowed in prayer as temperatures topped 30 degrees.
Around the Market Place, visitors, especially the young, were encouraged to examine and explore military vehicles and equipment.
“This was a spectacular event on a scorching hot day that saw townspeople show support for the men and women of the armed forces – from serving troops to service families, veterans and cadets.”
The Spitfire visit was arranged by Flight Lieutenant Karl Kisley of Banbury’s Air Training Corps.
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