Over a thousand attend Battle of Britain event in Belfast

Sunday 17 September 2000 20.53

Over 1,000 people attended a parade and service in Belfast this afternoon to mark the 60th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. A helicopter fly-past over Belfast city centre marked the beginning of the commemoration to pay tribute to all those who took part, particularly those RAF members from Northern Ireland. The RAF received the Freedom of Belfast in 1957 and marched there every year until the outbreak of the troubles three decades ago. The march this afternoon is being seen as further evidence of the improved security situation in the city. Similar commemorations were also held in Dublin this afternoon before a large congregation in St Patrick’s Cathedral.