Jubilee Clock to light up in recognition of Battle of Britain Day
Weymouth Town Council will be lighting up the clockface of the Jubilee Clock in red, white, and blue from dusk on Wednesday 15th September to mark Battle of Britain Day.
The local area has strong connections to the Battle of Britain, with battles being fought in the skies above the south west. The 152 and 609 Squadrons, who were based locally in Warmwell, played an important part in protecting the south west coast and the Royal Navy base on Portland.
A memorial can be found at Bowleaze Cove which commemorates the 544 men who paid the ultimate sacrifice on 15th September 1940 and serves as a reminder of the local area’s involvement in the Battle.
Cllr Colin Huckle, Mayor of Weymouth Town Council, who will also lay a wreath at the memorial at 3pm on Wednesday 15th September, said: “The Jubilee Clock is a proud symbol of Weymouth’s heritage and I’m delighted it can be used to give charities and good causes the opportunity to promote and raise awareness for their work.
“Additionally, I’m glad to see it being used to mark occasions such as the Battle of Britain Day as a mark of respect to those who fought for our freedoms. It is especially poignant considering the area’s strong connections with the Armed Forces and the Battle of Britain itself”.
According to the Royal Air Force (RAF) website, in 1940 it experienced its greatest test in the Battle of Britain. Using science, ingenuity, and support from across the UK and overseas, the RAF defended the UK from Nazi Germany’s air force, the Luftwaffe. It was the first major battle fought entirely in the air, and Nazi Germany’s first major military defeat.
The 15 September 1940 was officially named Battle of Britain Day as it was the day when RAF Fighter Command claimed what proved to be a decisive victory over the German Luftwaffe.
Weymouth Town Council are lighting up Weymouth’s iconic Jubilee Clock throughout 2021 in support of a range of charities, organisations, and awareness days.
Click here to find out more about the charities, organisations, and causes recognised by the Council as part of the Light Up Our Jubilee Clock scheme.