70th anniversary appeal launched

The trust has unveiled ambitious plans for a learning centre that will be a permanent reminder of the bravery of the Allied aircrew who fought off the German air invasion in 1940.

The centre at Capel-le-Ferne will be designed as a living history resource that will use film, walk-through displays and modern technology to recreate the historic events of 1940.

The trust needs £650,000 to fund this exciting scheme and believes that this 70th anniversary year is the ideal backdrop to a national appeal.

Chairman of the trustees Richard Hunting explained: “The youngest of our Battle of Britain veterans is now approaching 90 and we have to accept that they won’t always be around to help remind people of that critical point in this country’s history.

“The Battle of Britain was arguably the most important battle fought by this country in the whole of the last century and it is vital that young people, in particular, remember their bravery and, in many cases, sacrifice.

“While the National Memorial here at Capel-le-Ferne has become well established as a place of pilgrimage, we believe we need something extra to engage future generations of young people in the events of 1940.”

The living history idea is still in its early stages but the trust’s aim is for it to be built close to the existing Hunting Lodge shop and refreshment area.

A feasibility study has confirmed that a visitor attraction targeted specifically at the heroism shown by the aircrews who took part in the Battle of Britain would attract enough visitors to make it a viable addition to the memorial site, and more detailed plans are now being drawn up.

To contribute to the appeal, send cheques payable to “the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust” to the trust c/o PO Box 337, West Malling, ME6 9AA, (please indicate if you wish to Gift Aid your donation), or donate on line by clicking on the friends & donations tab.

Alternatively you can use BACS – the details you need are: NatWest, sort code 60-01-21 account 47697989.

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