Visitors from an astonishing 47 countries have visited the Battle of Britain Memorial so far this year.
Figures collected by Trustee Andy Simpson show that while UK visitors make up just under three-quarters of the total, overseas travellers are just as keen to see this much-loved tribute to the men of the RAF who came to the defence of the free world in 1940.
“It’s remarkable to see where our visitors come from,” said Andy. “We check the visitors’ book each month and there is inevitably a surprise or two in there.”
In the first seven months of 2017 the site, which features the Wing visitor centre as well as the National Memorial to the Few and the Christopher Foxley-Norris Memorial Wall, has welcomed people from as far afield as Israel, Hong Kong, Argentina, Switzerland and Puerto Rico.
Other visitors’ book entries have come from Qatar, Ireland, Norway, Lithuania, Malta, Nepal and Saudi Arabia, while the number of German visitors has this year hit an all time high.
“We know that the site has a lot to offer visitors, but to find that our appeal is literally worldwide is still a great feeling,” said Andy.