City of London Salute

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  1. "A special salute to thank all those who helped secure the freedom of our country during WWII will be held at St Paul's Cathedral on Tuesday 7th September 2010.
    People living, working and visiting London on the day are urged to turn out to show their thanks to the heroes of 1940, by cheering on a march-past leaving St Paul's Cathedral at 1230hrs.
    The date is exactly 70 years to the day since Hitler's war offensive switched from military targets to the bombing of cities and industrial centres. The first attacks took place in London on that day; the beginning of a sustained campaign against the city's citizens. To protect Londoners, RAF aircraft were launched against the Luftwaffe over the skies of London as part of the Battle of Britain.
    In conjunction with The Lord Mayor of London, the RAF Association is hosting a special event in the City of London to commemorate the bravery of those who helped protect the City during the Battle of Britain. This will take the form of a service of remembrance in St Paul's Cathedral, followed by a parade through the nearby streets, over which a WWII Spitfire, Lancaster and Dakota will fly overhead in salute.
    A full-sized Spitfire aircraft will also be positioned at the bottom of St Paul's Cathedral's main steps.
    The event will be attended by a wide variety of people involved in protecting the City of London in 1940, such as fire fighters, nurses and ambulance workers, as well as Battle of Britain pilots and current RAF personnel.
    Senior guests will include the Lord Mayor of London, the current Chief of the Defence Staff and the Chief of the Air Staff, a Defence Minister, and Defence Attaches from countries involved in WWII (both Allied and otherwise).
    The location of the salute is especially poignant; St Paul's Cathedral stood relatively untouched amongst the flames and destruction of London in 1940, becoming a beacon of hope for Londoners."

    Anyone up for this on Tuesday?
     
  2. Bugger I'll be in Canterbury! Sorry
     
  3. London exaggerates again. Middlesbrough has the distinction of being the first British industrial target of WW2, having been bombed on 25 May 1940. So, exactly 70 years and 73 days...
     
  4. I think the route is St Paul's to the Guildhall - will try to make it along to watch