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Church services help mark Battle of Britain 70th

BattleBritain2010: Church services across Norfolk brought to an end a week-long series of events marking the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

Hundreds of people packed into Norwich Cathedral for a service of thanksgiving which was followed by a salute at within the grounds of the cathedral as RAF personnel marched around Cathedral Close and a solitary Spitfire made two flypasts overhead.

The Rt Rev Graham James, Bishop of Norwich, told the congregation that, while he was born after the second world war, his parents had regaled him with stories about the Battle of Britain.

He said: “We here today are some of the 'many' that Churchill said 'owed' so much to so few in his great speech about the battle. That's why 70 years later this celebration remains valid and vivid."

In Dereham, crowds lined Church Street and the Market Place on Sunday to watch a parade of ex-servicemen and women, current service personnel and cadets march back from a service in St Nicholas Church.

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