Battle of Britain Sunday this week saw the return of the lay clerks – the professional singers in the choir – as the cathedral commemorated the great victory won by the RAF which turned the tide of the war in 1940.
Heavily outnumbered the RAF dealt a crushing blow to the Luftwaffe prompting Churchill’s famous line, ‘Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.’
Sunday’s New Testament reading was read by Gp Capt Blythe Crawford from RAF Leeming and the Mayor of Ripon Cllr Eamon Parkin was amongst our guests.
The adult singers of the choir returned to help lead worship at evensong on Tuesday after more than five months of enforced absence.
Dean John said: “Despite the obvious COVID-19 restrictions it was a privilege to mark Battle of Britain Sunday as we commemorate the 80th anniversary of that famous victory. It was particularly pleasing to have our lay clerks back singing in Sunday worship for the first time since lockdown began.”
Sunday’s Organ Voluntary was William Walton’s Spitfire Prelude, arranged and extracted in 1942 from music he had written earlier that year for the motion picture The First of the Few. It was played by Ripon Cathedral’s Assistant Organist Tom Coxhead.