During the coronavirus lockdown we ran a great series of Facebook Live events to inform and entertain online audiences up and down the country – and beyond.
Site manager Jules Gomez welcomed virtual visitors to the site on a number of occasions, including hosting a virtual VE day commemoration on Friday 8 May.
On 14 May he introduced the online audience to three members of the Few, broadcasting from the Christopher Foxley-Norris Memorial Wall and highlighting the lives of Wing Cdr Geoffrey Page, who led the campaign to have the National Memorial built and would have been 100 on 16 May, Spitfire pilot and poet Flt Lt William Walker and pilot and author Sqn Ldr Geoffrey Wellum, who wrote First Light. All three had strong connections to the Memorial.
Another online event featured Jacob Jennings, a local supporter who has been appointed the Trust’s first Young Ambassador. Nine year-old Jacob introduced himself and talked about his admiration for the men who fought the Battle of Britain. His appearance was followed by another ‘Names from the wall’ talk by Jules on 5 June and an introduction to the site’s replica fighters – including the new Stuka sculpture – on 18 June.
The highlight of our Facebook Live and YouTube events was our Virtual Memorial Day on 12 July, which attracted a big audience and was very well received.
We are currently planning a Facebook Live broadcast of our Battle of Britain Day commemoration on 15 September at 11am.
You can catch up with any of the events you missed by checking out our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/c/battleofbritainmemorial