The Trust joined the people of Capel-le-Ferne and beyond to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War with a series of events throughout the day on Sunday.
The annual Service of Remembrance was attended by a large congregation, including 15 or so members of the Kent Advanced Motorcyclists Group who planned their regular ride-out to coincide with the service and a visit to the National Memorial to the Few.
Site manager Jules Gomez and Trustee Andy Simpson were joined by the Rev Mrs Eileen Webb, who conducted the short service during a fortunately fine break in the weather, joining thousands of other groups around the country as the UK paid its respects to those who have lost their lives in wars throughout the past 100 years.
Standard bearer Peter Markwick, from the Dover Branch of the Royal Air Forces Association, was on duty as standard bearer, adding to the solemnity of the occasion.
At 12.30pm, again in tandem with churches and others around the country, Jules and Andy were back on duty, this time ringing the two Scramble Bells in The Wing as part of the national peal organised to mark this important anniversary.
In the evening, the Trust supported the village’s “Battle’s over – a nation’s tribute” event. After a day of remembrance-themed activities in the village hall, organised by Capel-le-Ferne Parish Council, a large crowd of local people joined a torchlit procession to the site, escorted by members of 99 (Folkestone) Squadron of the Air Training Corps.
After a short service on the steps of The Wing and a two-minute silence introduced by a trumpeter playing Last Post, a beacon was lit on one of the mounds that flank the Memorial site. Church bells across the country rang out five minutes later, bringing a day of remembrance to a fitting close.