Good day to you all.

What an experience, an event that can only be described as exceptional and very moving.

The Cape Town Branch of the RAF Association arranged  a 76th Anniversary Battle of Britain Remembrance Service on Sunday 11th September at the historical and lovely SA Navy Dockyard Church in Simonstown.By 10h30 the church was packed to capacity with men and women from all walks of life, some in their uniforms, others with their blazers to which their medals were pinned, some in their kilts and then those of us dressed in our Sunday best.

I attach the 4 page programme covering the events and service which again was really exceptionally and one had to be there to fully appreciate it.

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As you can see it was an exceptional morning that lasted one and a half hours. The Welsh Choir as usual excelled themselves that added to the wondeful atmosphere of the day. The Chairman of The RAF Association, Mike Speake welcomed all present including the Captain and numerous crew members of The Royal Navy who are visiting Simonstown at present. He also  paid tribute to the 25 South Africans that flew for the RAF during the Battle of Britain and welcomed Mike Peacock-Edwards the son of Spencer ” Teddy ” Peacock-Edwards who was one of those  being ” The Few “, who was in the congregation and who lives in Fish Hoek.

For those of us that were present it was service to remember on a very clear and warm Spring morning.

Regards to All.

John Mackenzie

 

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