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    70th anniversary of Battle of Britain commemorated

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    Veterans of the Battle of Britain gathered on a clifftop in south-east Britain at an event to mark 70 years since the start of the conflict.


    Around 5,000 people attended the open air service at the Battle of Britain memorial at Capel-le-Ferne near Dover in Kent.


    As well as the ceremony there was a flypast by a Spitfire and Lancaster bomber and a parade of veterans and current air cadets.


    The event was attended by Prince Michael of Kent.


    During the summer of 1940, nearly 3,000 British and Allied airmen took on the Luftwaffe and ended up preventing a German invasion of England.


    Then prime minister Winston Churchill famously said of their actions: "Never was so much owed by so many to so few."


    A total of 544 British and Allied airmen lost their lives in the battle.