THE heroes of the Battle of Britain will be honoured with a special service in Dudley this weekend.

Dudley Council will be teaming up with RAF Cosford to host the annual service on September 15, which will see Royal Air Force squadrons from across the region parade through the town.

The parade, which starts at Top Church at 10am, will be led by Kingswinford ATC band and will be saluted by the Mayor, RAF Cosford and members of the Royal Airforce Association as it passes by.

Following the parade, a service will take place at 10.55am at the cenotaph on Ednam Road, which will be officiated by Reverend James Treasure and will include wreath-laying and one minute’s of silence.

Guests are then invited to the Army Reserve Centre in Vicar Street at 11.30am for refreshments following the service.

Councillor David Stanley, Mayor of Dudley, said: "We are privileged enough to be joined by RAF Cosford again for this year’s parade, further establishing our strong links with the armed forces.

"The event is an important reminder of the bravery and sacrifice made by these heroes, and will reinforce the nation’s heartfelt gratitude.”

Every year the borough pays its respects to the people who lost their lives in the World War II battle of the skies, as well as armed forces personnel serving today.