Tribute was paid to “the few” by Tendring District Council (TDC) chairman Jeff Bray at services marking Battle of Britain Day (Wednesday, 15 September).
Councillor Bray attended a service held at the Clacton War Memorial, and a later event at St Paul’s Church in the town.
The events, marking the 81st anniversary were organised by the Clacton branch of the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA).
Councillor Bray referenced the words of Sir Winston Churchill, Prime Minister at the time of the Battle of Britain, who in a famous speech said “never has so much been owed by so many to so few”. His remarks reflected upon the work of RAF pilots and crews who protected against invasion by Nazi Germany during the summer of 1940 following the occupation of France.
“Although such occasions are always sombre, it is absolutely vital that we remember that group of young men described as ‘the few’,” Councillor Bray said.
“We should never forget the without the sacrifices – often the ultimate sacrifice – made by these brave people, it is unlikely we would enjoy now the freedoms we take for granted.
“It was also wonderful to speak to those who attended; including some who, now aged in their 90s, had memories of the battle overhead.”
TDC’s Armed Forces Champion, Councillor Chris Amos, also attended the services.