Marking the Battle of Britain

DZG is proud to be flying the RAF flag atop Dudley Castle to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

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We’re flying the flag at the heart of the zoological gardens from today for just over a week to include the anniversary day on Tuesday September 15 and Sunday September 20 when a poignant parade and thanksgiving service will take place in Dudley town centre.

DZG Zoo Manager Matt Lewis said: “We fly the RAF flag as a mark of respect for those brave personnel who took part in the conflict.

“At the time of the Battle in 1940, DZG had been open for just two-and-a-half years and many male members of staff left the zoo to join the war effort.”

Despite a reduced workforce the zoo remained open, relying heavily on a Mum’s Army to carry out duties across site.

PARADE AND THANKSGIVING SERVICE

On Sunday September 20, hundreds of people are expected to turn out for a parade and service of thanksgiving being staged in Dudley to mark the air battle’s milestone anniversary.

Six squadrons of the Air Training Corps will parade through the town centre just before 11am to Top Church where a service – attended by veterans, civic guests and members of the public – will be held at 11.30am.

There will then be a parade past the Council House before moving on to the cenotaph in Ednam Road where wreaths will be laid and a moment of silence observed.

The Battle of Britain was the most important RAF campaign of the Second World War, saving Britain from invasion by Nazi Germany.