BIT­TER­SWEET VIC­TO­RIES

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Thanks to mas­ter butcher An­drew Rook from Rams­gate, it’s pos­si­ble to tuck into a full English break­fast while si­mul­ta­ne­ously help­ing to raise funds for the Bat­tle of Bri­tain Me­mo­rial Trust, cus­to­di­ans of the Na­tional Me­mo­rial to the Few.

An­drew, who cre­ated his Bat­tle of Bri­tain Me­mo­rial sausage us­ing Shep­herd Neame’s Spit­fire Ale and Ken­tish hops, de­cided to pay trib­ute to the he­roes of 1940 by do­nat­ing 50p for ev­ery pack of sausages sold, and ear­lier this year was able to present £1,000 to Trust sec­re­tary Pa­trick Tootal and site man­ager Jules Gomez. As the Trust re­ceives no pub­lic fund­ing and re­lies for its ex­is­tence on the gen­eros­ity of visi­tors and sup­port­ers, they were thrilled. Where did An­drew’s idea come from? “I plucked my in­spi­ra­tion, quite lit­er­ally, from the air while walk­ing on the White Cliffs near Dover. A Spit­fire flew past and re­minded me of the last fam­ily day out I had with my par­ents and sis­ter when we watched my dad, Peter, fly in a twoseater Spit­fire from Dux­ford for his sixty-fifth birth­day. Sadly, a year later my sis­ter, He­len, suc­cumbed to can­cer. As part of our fam­ily re­cov­ery we planted an oak tree as a me­mo­rial to her. Af­ter see­ing the Spit­fire on my walk, my thoughts turned to the Bat­tle of Bri­tain me­mo­rial just along the coast at Capelle-ferne and how im­por­tant it is to so many peo­ple.”

Since An­drew won the UK Supreme Cham­pion Sausage cat­e­gory at UK Sausage Week last year, too, you’d be hard pressed to find a more fit­ting trib­ute to the Bat­tle of Bri­tain – a vic­tory trag­i­cally tem­pered by loss.

The Bat­tle of Bri­tain Me­mo­rial is ben­e­fit­ing from an un­ex­pected quar­ter.

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