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Spitfire wreath laid in memory

A 72 year-old Folkestone man with a passion for aviation was remembered fondly by relatives who laid a special wreath at the Battle of Britain Memorial following his funeral.

John Alfred Spearpoint, who served for six years in the Royal Engineers and was fascinated by the history of the Second World War and the bravery of the men who fought it, was particularly interested in the Royal Air Force and enjoyed visiting the Memorial.

The order of service for his funeral at Hawkinge Crematorium Chapel featured a Lancaster bomber, and after the service family members brought a wreath in the shape of a Spitfire to lay at the National Memorial to the Few at the heart of the Battle of Britain Memorial.

His niece Michelle Weeding said her uncle was a huge fan of airshows and had visited the Memorial at Capel-le-Ferne. "He would be pleased to know that he had been remembered by this special tribute in a special place," she said.

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