A long-awaited memorial service takes place

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A memorial service that the pandemic prevented from happening has now taken place in remembrance of a Polish woman whose life honored the Polish War.

Wanda Szuwalska, aged 16 in 1939, was interned by the Germans and, upon her release, joined the Polish Air Force.

Wanda has supported operational squadrons here in the UK.

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After the war, she was instrumental in organizing memorials at Newark Cemetery and in forming the Airbridge Association, along with the late Jim Auton.

She was still present at the Battle of Britain and Remembrance Sunday civic services, as well as at Airbridge, until her death at the age of 97 in March 2020.

She was buried in Wilford Hill Cemetery in Nottingham, but covid prevented the memorial service she so rightly deserved.

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This service has now taken place and was attended by the Polish Vice Consul for Manchester and the Mayor of the City of Newark, Laurence Goff and his wife, as well as Councilor Lisa Geary and other guests and relatives.

At the request of parents and Polish representatives in Nottingham, RAFA Balderton provided standards at the event, which consisted of a presence at the cemetery with prayers, a wreath laying and a Last Post with drenched standards.

This was then followed by a service to the Polish Catholic Church with similar acts of commemoration.

The day the standards of RAFA Balderton, RAFA Singapore and Airbridge Standard were joined by the County Standard Bearer and Deputy County Standard Bearer of the Royal British Legion, carrying the Union Flag respectively and county standards.



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