We are delighted that young Instragram blogger Jacob Jennings has become the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust’s first ever Young Ambassador.
The Trust spotted Jacob’s love of Spitfires, the Memorial and everything to do with the Battle of Britain when he called in to the site at Capel-le-Ferne to show off the pilot’s uniform lovingly created for him by mum Adele to mark World Book Day.
We were impressed by his devotion to the cause and so, after talking to Adele, we asked Jacob if he would like to be a Young Ambassador and help us spread the word about the heroism and sacrifice of the Few.
To mark his support for the aims of the Trust, we made him an honorary member of Friends of the Few and sent him a package of goodies, including his very own membership card, a certificate and every back issue of our unique 1940 magazine produced annually for members of the Friends organisation.
Jacob was delighted, as you can see from this video of him ‘unboxing’ his surprise package. Towards the end he says: “I am very proud that I have become the first Young Ambassador for the Battle of Britain Memorial and I would love to say a big thanks to all of the Trustees.”
You can see the video here
When nine year-old Jacob first called in to show us his pilot’s costume, Adele explained: “Jacob’s school asked pupils to pick a word, so he chose ‘hero’.” A big fan of the Memorial and the men of the Royal Air Force who defended these shores 80 years ago, Jacob knew exactly what he meant by the word he chose, and persuaded mum to dress him as Wing Commander Jennings.
Jacob told us: “I really enjoy going to the Battle of Britain Memorial because I love Spitfires and this is a great place to go and learn about the pilots and remember them.”