There were plenty of VIPs on parade, but the real star of our 79th Memorial Day was Wing Cdr Paul Farnes DFM, former Hurricane pilot, Battle of Britain Ace and one of the remaining members of the Few.
Wing Cdr Farnes, who will be an impressive 101 next week, also featured on the big screen in a video made by the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust in which he reflected on life in the RAF and the role of the Few in preventing a Nazi invasion in 1940.
A good crowd, fine weather, two appearances by aircraft from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and music from Kent Wing of the the Air Training Corps and the Central Band of the Royal Air Force all contributed to another great Memorial Day.
AAir Marshal A M Turner CB CBE, Deputy Commander of the Royal Air Force,, was guest of honour at the event, which marked the 79th anniversary of the start of the Battle of Britain and also paid tribute to the role played by Polish aircrew.
The day, which included an arms drill display by Kent Wing of the ATC as well as a band display, ended with a Sunset Ceremony that took advantage of the raised bunds around the site. Standard bearers from many ex-service organisations made their usual colourful contribution to the day’s commemorations.