Fun climax to Battle of Britain celebrations

A Station Muster Parade and Soap Box Derby took place at RAF Halton's Sgts' Mess in commemeration of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain
A Station Muster Parade and Soap Box Derby took place at RAF Halton's Sgts' Mess in commemeration of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain

A huge motif was painted on the grass at RAF Halton to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

It took 48 hours to complete and was created by Flight Lieutenant Andy Claesens and sergeant Russ Barber.

The Three Belles provided 1940s entertainment at an evening event, which was followed by a station muster parade and sunset ceremony on the lawn on the actual anniversary of the historic occasion.

Station commander Group Captain Adrian Burns led the tributes.

The final salute was a soap box derby where sections from the station built their own Battle of Britain-themed soap boxes and raced each other in pouring rain.

The idea, which came from the station’s padres, encouraged the spirit of teamwork in celebration and honour of The Few.