WAR heroes have been remembered at a Battle of Britain memorial service in Rastrick.

A service organised by the Brighouse and Rastrick branch of the Royal Air Force Association was held at St Matthew’s Church in Rastrick.

The Mayor of Calderdale, Clr Martin Peel, was among guests at the event remembering those who died in the battle.

The Battle of Britain is commemorated each year on September 15, even though the battle itself officially lasted from July 10 to October 31 1940.

It was the first major battle of the Second World War to be fought entirely by air forces and was key in leading Hitler to abandon plans for invading Britain.

A total of 2,936 Allied pilots fought a larger number of German Luftwaffe during the battle which had four phases.

The final phase, known as The Blitz, saw civilians lose their lives as well as RAF pilots. In total 23,002 civilians were killed.