Spectators who cheered the Kent Spitfires on to a seven-wicket win against Gloucestershire at the start of Canterbury Cricket Week were also reminded of the legendary aircraft behind the team’s name.
The Royal London One-Day Cup game was dedicated to the heroes of the Battle of Britain and included a short interval talk on the importance of the battle given by Geoff Simpson, historical consultant with the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust.
The Trust, which looks after the Battle of Britain Memorial at Capel-le-Ferne, just outside Folkestone, was presented with £780, the result of a generous donation from the club for each T20 Blast shirt sold over the past year.
The Trust’s logo features on the collar of the shirts, thanks to the generosity of brewer and club sponsor Shepherd Neame, which also sponsored a lunch for Trust donors in the boardroom during the game.
The match marked the fourth time Kent County Cricket Club and Shepherd Neame has backed the Trust in this way. Volunteers also raised several hundred pounds thanks to a bucket collection and merchandise sales on the day.