Battle Of Britain Memorial Day Capel Le Ferne Kent

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BATTLE OF BRITAIN MEMORIAL DAY - Capel-le-Ferne, Kent

Date: 15th July 2012

This is the fifth year that I've been honoured with an invitation to Memorial Day.  We all thought that after the 70th Anniversary, interest would drop away.  On the contrary, interest is growing and there were more than ever in the Luncheon Marquee.  We were full to bursting point and I understand there was a waiting list for places.

We were fortunate in that the predicted rain held off and there was the full Service, March past, and Battle of Britain Memorial flight.

Sir Stephen Dalton was the Guest of Honour and in his speech he mentioned the late honours accorded to René Mouchotte and Henry Lafont- so, of course, I was delighted.

Bill Green, who each year has given me his Veteran's blue rose, was unfortunately not able to attend due to ill health as also was Geoffrey Wellum - so hurry up and get better boys.

Nicholas Chambas (the French Air Attaché) and his wife Mathilde sat on our table and the talk was a great deal more animated than last year when he was new to post and probably wondered who was this mad woman who was so keen on having René Mouchotte suitably recognised.  

I will take this opportunity of once again making a pleas for funds for The Wing and if you'd like a chance to fly in a two-seater Spitfire, then buy a raffle ticket or 10 and you might just 'take to the skies'.

On the Internet, just go to The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust and you'll find out about The Wing and its work and have the opportunity to buy your raffle tickets.  I would say 'Good Luck' but I'm sorry I very much want to win it myself.  To fly in a plane similar to that flown by René and to experience some of what he felt, would be fantastic.

Au revoir for now - Jan

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