Veterans and serving soldiers turned out to march the streets of Oldham in honour of fallen heroes who fought in the Second World War. Hundreds lined the streets to pay their respects as part of the town’s annual Battle of Britain Parade. The event, organised by the RAF Association, commemorates soldiers who served in the Battle of Britain and during the conflict.
The Oldham Scottish Pipe Band will lead the parade and veterans from Oldham lead the parade, which began at the Tommyfield Inn pub on Henshaw Street before making its way to the Oldham War Memorial. Standard bearers from ex-servicemen’s associations listened in silence at the town centre memorial as the sound of the Last Post rang out across Yorkshire Street.
The Air Training Corp and the Mayor of Oldham also attended the memorial service. The Battle of Britain is the name given to the three-month German aerial bombing campaign against the UK which ran during the summer and autumn of 1940. Greater Manchester suffered three major air raids during the Battle of Britain.
The RAF claimed victory on September 15 after shooting down a record 60 German planes in 24 hours. The parade was one of a series of events to be held in the town until the end of November to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War and to honour servicemen who fought in the Second World War.
Nearly 25,000 soldiers from Greater Manchester lost their lives during World War One and a further 20,000 soldiers from the region died in the Second World War.