Squadrons Gather to Remember the Few.
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By CI Craig Lee - 1036 (Bury) Squadron
On Sunday 6th September, 1036 (Bury) Squadron ATC held its annual Battle of Britain parade and church service. The parade included cadets from 80 (Bolton) and 2301 (Heywood) Squadrons.
This year they were joined by Mr Harvey Evitts who is 90 years old and was a cadet at 1036 Squadron during the years 1941 to 1943 before being called up to serve, first in the Royal Navy and later in the Army in the Far East theatre as a radio operator. Mr Evitts marched in the parade to the Parish Church in Bury a distance of over a quarter of a mile.
The parade was led by the band which comprised of musicians from 80 Squadron and 1036 Squadron followed by the parade commander Flight Lieutenant Liz Thomas who has been OC 1036 Squadron since 1999. Parents and civilian committee members were in place to marshal the parade on the way to the church for the service which was led by the Rector of Bury, the Rev Dr. John Findon. The service was attended by the Mayor of Bury Councillor Stella Smith, her consort, Mr John Smith and Wing Commander David Forbes DL.
Following the service, wreaths were laid at the memorials in the church grounds to the members of the Royal Air Force from Bury who died during the Second World War and to the three cadets from Bury and Horwich who died in a Wessex helicopter crash in North Wales in 1993.
The parade concluded with a march past and the Mayor of Bury, Wing Commander Forbes and Mr Evitts took the salute.