BATTLE OF BRITAIN CHARITY SUPPORT
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