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Five peo­ple who watched Her Late Majesty Queen El­iz­a­beth The Queen Mother un­veil the Na­tional Me­mo­rial to the Few at Capel-le-Ferne in 1993 have marked 25 years of sup­port for the Trust which cares for it. The im­me­di­ate past pres­i­dent of the Bat­tle of Bri­tain Me­mo­rial Trust, Air Chief Mar­shal Sir Michael Gray­don GCB, CBE, was joined by four oth­ers who have all been closely in­volved with the site for a quar­ter of a cen­tury.

Brenda and Mar­tyn Halls, Sylvia Coles and Gwen Beau­mont have seen a num­ber of sig­nif­i­cant changes at the clifftop Me­mo­rial just out­side Folke­stone 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 other at­trac­tions.

In 2015 the new vis­i­tor cen­tre, The Wing, which in­cludes The Scram­ble Ex­pe­ri­ence, was opened by Her Majesty The Queen, ac­com­pa­nied by His Royal High­ness The Duke of Ed­in­burgh.

That change has since al­lowed Hunt­ing Lodge to be turned into a li­brary and re­source cen­tre which dou­bles as a meet­ings venue for lo­cal busi­nesses.

Brenda, Sylvia and Gwen are still part of the team of vol­un­teers who help make sure the char­ity can con­tinue its work of pay­ing trib­ute to ‘the Few’.

The Bat­tle of Bri­tain Me­mo­rial Trust CIO

Brenda Halls, Sylvia Coles, Sir Michael Gray­don, Mar­tyn Halls and Gwen Beau­mont

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