Remembering airmen of the Second World War

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HARROGATE’s Stonefall cemetery held a commemorative service to remember the young airmen who gave their lives during the Second World War.

Among those taking part in the ceremony were air cadets from Harrogate, Knaresborough, Wetherby and Ripon, while the Yorkshire University Squadron from Church Fenton performed a fly-past.

The Mayor and Mayoress of Harrogate, Coun Les Ellington and his wife Chris, also paid their respects and Coun Ellington laid a wreath at the memorial, organised by the Harrogate branch of the RAF Association.

Stonefall is a Commonwealth War Graves Commission burial site and has 1,017 graves, with 666 Canadians and 224 British servicement buried there, along with Australians, New Zealanders, Russians and Germans. Most of those buried were based at airfields in Yorkshire during the Second World War and many were treated in hospital at Harrogate.