The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust organises a number of events throughout the year, with the undoubted highlight being Memorial Day, the annual commemoration of the anniversary of the start of the battle.
Memorial Day is held on one of the two Sundays closest to the first day of the Battle, which began on 10 July, 1940. In 2016 it will take place on 3 July and will mark the 76th anniversary of the Battle of Britain as well as being the 23nd anniversary of the unveiling of the Memorial.
In the past the Trust has organised exclusive Battle of Britain-themed tours around Folkestone and Dover, the area that became known as Hellfire Corner following the fierce aerial combat that took place overhead during 1940 and later in the conflict.
The Trust is now looking ahead to 2016 and planning new events that will help people to understand more about the Battle of Britain, its significance and its impact on the local area, but the tours will not be returning.
Much of their appeal was based on the fact that the parties were accompanied by a veteran of the Battle, but they are sadly now too elderly to take part.
The Trust has instead unveiled plans for a series of talks on items of interest to Battle of Britain enthusiasts and those with a more general interest in military matters. They are expeted to be launched in February 2016 – for more information click here.
2015 was a busy year, with the opening of The Wing and the 75th anniversary commemorations to plan. 2016 will be different, but the Trust is looking forward to another busy year of paying tribute to the Few and inspiring new generations with tales of their achievements.
There is a discount on the cost of special events for Friends of the Few. Joining the Friends has many other benefits – you can find out how to join here.