Selsey stands still for Battle of Britain flyover

Members of Selsey Town Council join others in watching from the Selsey Centre
Members of Selsey Town Council join others in watching from the Selsey Centre

Hundreds of people in Selsey turned out to watch the spectacular Battle of Britain flyover from positions all around the town.

The Spitfires and Hurricanes which set off from Goodwood flew right over Selsey Bill, giving residents the perfect vantage points to witness a moment in history.

Louise Ansell with a Union Flag from 1941 which belonged to her mother

Louise Ansell with a Union Flag from 1941 which belonged to her mother

Cars lined the road into Selsey as people got out to stand and watch, and at the Selsey Centre a special event took place to mark the 75th anniversary display.

The event at the Selsey Centre was organised by the town council and saw a drumhead service at 1pm, as well as music and entertainment before people stood outside and watched the famous planes soar overhead.

Selsey Town Council chairman Mike Beal said: “We knew they would be flying right over Selsey and what with people’s interest in the Battle of Britain we saw this as a golden opportunity to hold this event.

“It’s been pulled together by lots of different people in Selsey, not just the town council but Selsey British Legion who held a commemorative drumhead service and we had sandwiches and cakes donated by Waves Cafe.

Members of the Selsey Royal Naval Association

Members of the Selsey Royal Naval Association

“Everyone is here to commemorate those who died and served during the war.”

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