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Battle of Britain: Commemorating the sacrifice of ‘the few’

Published on Monday, 4th September 2023

Norwich is set to mark Battle of Britain – paying tribute to the Royal Air Force pilots whose heroics are often attributed as being the “turning point” in World War II – on Monday 11 September.

Members of the public are welcome to join the Lord Mayor, Sheriff, veterans and other distinguished guests at this event from 11:30am, which will see RAF Marham personnel and the Band of The Royal Air Force Regiment parade in front of City Hall.

Nearly 3,000 RAF personnel, known as 'the few' took part in the battle in September 1940. Although other days during the battle saw fiercer fighting and heavier losses, 15 September 1940 is the only day when two large daylight raids were made on London.

The raids were convincingly met by the massed fighters of the RAF. The Luftwaffe lost 60 aircraft and morale was badly shaken.

It is also a time to remember the sacrifice of those currently serving and their families, as well as civilians caught up in current conflicts.

Road closure

St Peters Street and Bethel Street, from where it joins St Peters Street up to The Forum car park (access to the car park will be maintained during this time), will be closed from 9:30am until 1pm.

City Hall access

The main entrance to City Hall will be closed with access until 2pm via the Bethel Street entrance.

Service – Sunday 17 September

A public service organised by the Royal Air Force Association will take place at Norwich Cathedral on Sunday 17 September. Guests are asked to be seated by 3:15pm for a 3:30pm start.

More information about Battle of Britian

Visit the Royal Air Force and RAF Museum websites for more information.


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