Brave pilots who sacrificed their lives to defend Britain from the German Luftwaffe during World War II were remembered on Sunday.
More than 100 people gathered to mark the anniversary of the Battle of Britain at a service held by the Batley and Birstall branch of the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA).
The solemn memorial was held in Broughton House, the RAFA’s base in Batley, because of the weather.
Wreaths were laid at the war memorial in the Cambridge Road gardens opposite afterwards.
Dewsbury and Batley Squadron Air Training Corps were on parade.
The service was also attended by Batley and Spen MP Mike Wood, Coun Peter O’Neill (Lab, Batley West) and the deputy mayor and mayoress of Kirklees, Coun Ken Smith and Coun Christine Smith.
RAFA chairman Barry Parker led the memorial alongside the Rev Patrick Senior, of St Saviour’s Church, Brownhill.
RAFA members present included veterans Joe Leaver, 91, who served in Italy and Normandy, and Ernest Clough, 88, who served in Burma.
The hall was packed for the service following an appeal in last week’s News by RAFA secretary Colin Whitworth for more people to attend.
The names of the RAF and Women’s Auxiliary Air Force pilots from Batley and Birstall who gave their lives were read out by Mr Parker, while members of the training corps presented small wooden crosses for each of the names.
Batley Salvation Army band also performed the Last Post and Reveille.
Mr Whitworth said “It was a very good service.
“I was happy with how many people turned up. It gave me encouragement for the coming years.”
Mr Whitworth spoke about two pilots he knew as a boy, who lived near his grandmother in Woodfield Terrace, Batley Carr.
The names of the two men – Leslie H Scholey and Kenneth Steels – were read during the service. “I remember them at home in their uniforms,” he said. “It was only a small street, and both lads were killed – afterwards I kept asking my grandmother where they were.”
Visit www.batleynews.co.uk to watch a video from the service.