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A WARPLANE roaring through the sky will start a memorial service for members of the armed forces and civilians from Gosport who died during the Second World War.

The service on Sunday, June 9 at Ann’s Hill Cemetery in Ann’s Hill Road, Gosport, will hear a reading of the names of 122 local people who died during the war.

The mayor of Gosport, Cllr John Beavis, and the Queen’s representative, Admiral Sir Jonathon Band GCB DL, will proceed to the memorial service at 10.30am.

The Spitfire flypast will take place before the service starts at 11am.

Cllr Beavis said: ‘It is always important that we remember those in the armed forces who lost their lives while fighting for their country.

‘But what is different with this ceremony is that we also remember the local people of our community, the civilians who lost their lives.

‘They were ordinary people going about their daily life, or in some cases killed in their home by bombing raids.

‘Their ages ranged from an innocent 14-month-old toddler to a 70-year-old, clearly showing war was no respecter of age, gender or creed.’

Visitors should be in place by 10.50am.