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Battle of Britain Memorial Day Capel-le-Ferne, 9th July, 2017

The Lord-Lieutenant and Viscountess De L'Isle arriving and pictured left greeting them is Cadet W/O Bridie Wakeford, a Lord-Lieutenant's cadet. (c) Barry Duffield DL.

The Lord-Lieutenant and Viscountess De L’Isle arriving and pictured far left greeting them is Cadet W/O Bridie Wakeford, a Lord-Lieutenant’s cadet. (c) Barry Duffield DL.

Spectacular display given by a Hurricane and a Spitfire from the BBMF. (c) Barry Duffield DL.

Spectacular display given by a Hurricane and a Spitfire from the BBMF. (c) Barry Duffield DL.

The hot summer weather on Sunday 9th July at the Battle of Britain Memorial at Capel-le-Ferne was similar to that which the RAF enjoyed 77 years before in the opening days of the Battle of Britain, before battle was joined with the Luftwaffe over the Channel and skies above Kent.

Left to right: Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, Guest of Honour; Wing Commander Paul Farnes, one of The Few; The Reverend (Sqn Ldr) Matthew Buchan RAuxAF, conducting the Service. (c) Barry Duffield DL.

Left to right: Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton, President of the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust; Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, Guest of Honour; The Lord-Lieutenant, Viscount De L'Isle. (c) Barry Duffield DL.

Left to right: Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton, President of the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust; Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, Guest of Honour; The Lord-Lieutenant, Viscount De L’Isle. (c) Barry Duffield DL.

The event included a parade of Veterans with Air Training Corps Cadets, a fly past and a display of a Hurricane and a Spitfire aircraft. The Salute was taken by Air Chief Marshal Sir  Stephen Hillier KCB CBE DFC ADC MA RAF.

Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier sharing a light-hearted moment with enthusiastic Kent Wing Air Cadets. (c) Barry Duffield DL.

Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier sharing a light-hearted moment with enthusiastic Kent Wing Air Cadets. (c) Barry Duffield DL.

Wing Commander Paul Farnes DFM, aged 99, one of the surviving pilots of The Few, attended.

The atmospheric seated Airman Statue surrounded by moving tributes. (c) Barry Duffield DL.

The atmospheric seated Airman Statue surrounded by moving tributes. (c) Barry Duffield DL.

Members of the public had an opportunity to see the “Scramble” experience housed in the iconic “wing” visitor centre.

 

2018 will celebrate the centenary of the founding of the Royal Air Force. A number of events will be held at Capel-le-Ferne, those interested in attending them should refer to  www.battleofbritainmemorial.org

 

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