Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Concert Will Honour Battle of Britain Heroes

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Concert Will Honour Battle of Britain Heroes

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TODAY is Battle of Britain Day, commemorating one of the most momentous days of the Second World War, and tickets are on sale for a special concert at Sage Gateshead.

Exactly 75 years ago - on September 15, 1940 - the German Luftwaffe, having failed to defeat the Royal Air Force over the summer, launched a major daytime attack on London.

A day of air battles involving 1,500 aircraft saw RAF Fighter Command thwarting Hitler's plans to make a major strike on London and destroy Britain's air defences.

It ushered in a new Nazi tactic, the Blitz, and helped to cement the Battle of Britain as one of the great Allied triumphs of 1939-45.

The bravery of 'The Few' - as Prime Minister Winston Churchill dubbed the pilots (fewer than 3,000 of them) who kept the enemy at bay in summer 1940 - is remembered on Battle of Britain Day and will be so again with a concert at Sage Gateshead on October 25.

With a programme including military marches and wartime songs, it will feature the Band of the RAF College at Coningsby and be compered by BBC broadcaster Alan Dedicoat. …

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