Twenty-five years of service

Some of our most loyal supporters were thanked for 25 years of voluntary service to the Trust at our annual Christmas get together.

The five stalwarts, including our immediate past president, Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael Graydon GCB, CBE, were all at the site on Day One to watch Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother unveil the National Memorial to the Few on 9 July 1993.

A quarter of a century later Sir Michael joined a distinguished line up which starred Brenda and Martyn Halls, Sylvia Coles and Gwen Beaumont, all of whom have remained closely involved with the site.

Brenda, Sylvia and Gwen are still part of the vital team of volunteers who support staff and Trustees in their task of paying tribute to ‘the Few’ and who enjoyed the annual volunteers’ Christmas lunch, held this year at the Dover Marina Hotel.

The volunteers and Sir Michael have seen a number of significant changes at the clifftop Memorial since the wet and windy day on which it was unveiled.

The simple stone statue of an airman looking out across The Channel towards France has been joined by the Christopher Foxley-Norris Memorial Wall, a replica Hurricane and Spitfire and a number of other attractions.

The most recent change has seen Hunting Lodge, which had not been built when the Memorial was unveiled, become a library, resource centre and meetings venue since its visitor centre role was taken over by The Wing.

Long-serving vollies

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