2020 marks the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, the first decisive battle in history that was fought entirely in the air.

From May to September 1940, German Luftwaffe attacks moved away from the coast to RAF airfields and infrastructure, but a strategic response from the RAF pilots gave Britain an advantage and Germany was unable to destroy more air defences.

In his famous speech Churchill spoke of the sacrifices made during this period saying: "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.”

To commemorate the 80th anniversary of Battle of Britain, the Leigh Branch of the Royal Air Forces Association, held a socially distanced event at Leigh Cenotaph.

Joe Stanfield MBE, Northern Director of RAFA said: “RAF Association Leigh Branch has always had a significant presence in the area, now, more than ever, RAF Veterans are benefitting from support the Branch provides”.

The RAF Association needs peoples support more than ever, as we continue to provide emergency assistance to those who have been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since the beginning of lockdown, they have continued to provide friendship and essential supplies to thousands of additional veterans and their dependants.

Members of the RAFA Leigh are usually out with collection buckets for the charity’s Wings Appeal, held annually during September’s Battle of Britain week. But due to restrictions, this year’s collection online, in the form of a JustGiving page.

To donate go to justgiving.com/fundraising/rafaleighbranch.