Red 10 leads impressive fleet of Aston Martins to Capel-le-Ferne

More than 40 gleaming Aston Martins of all ages, styles and colours joined the unique Red Arrows-themed Red 10 when it brought the RAF100 Relay baton to the site on Saturday.

The spectacular procession of cars was greeted by a large crowd of sports car enthusiasts and RAF suporters who enjoyed warm sunshine as they welcomed the baton on this particular leg of its tour of the country.

Humphrey Bradley, who won the one-off Vanquish S in a raffle that raised £1.5m for the RAF Benevolent Fund, chatted to visitors and posed for numerous photographs after leading eight of the other Aston Martins in a Red Arrows-style Diamond Nine formation at the clifftop site.

The car, and the unique baton, later formed the backdrop for a short Service of Remembrance to mark the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force.

The RAF100 relay started from the main entrance of the Royal Courts of Justice on Sunday, 1 April, when it was flagged off by Chief of the Air Staff Sir Stephen Hiller and Wing Commander Paul Farnes, one of the Few and a regular visitor to the Memorial.

The relay is due to visit every region of the UK and several overseas locations, including the Falkland Islands, Washington DC, the Middle East and Afghanistan. Twenty RAF sports associations will carry the baton in a variety of ways and in a number of different vehicles and RAF aircraft.

After spending the afternoon at the Memorial, the baton was handed over to the RAF triathlon team, ready for the next leg of its journey.

Youngsters were able to take part in an informal drawing workshop led by local artists, while visitors also had an opportunity to admire the new black granite squadron badges around the base of the National Memorial to the Few, installed this month to mark the 25th anniversary of the unveiling of the Memorial.

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