HM The Queen opens ‘The Wing’ Visitor & Education Centre
HM The Queen unveiled ‘The Wing’, the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust’s new £3.5 million visitor and education centre at Capel-le-Ferne, near Dover, on 26 March 2015.
The site was acquired by The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust from Dover District Council on a long lease. The Trust maintain and run the site, and raise funds to ensure it survives as a permanent reminder to future generations of the significance of the events of 1940, the people who took part in the Battle of Britain and the sacrifices they made.
Despite the appalling weather, around 100 local people gathered on the Memorial site and were treated to a brief appearance by the Queen. She waved to the appreciative audience from the balcony of the visitor centre, which features 'The Scramble Experience', a high-tech audio-visual extravaganza designed to tell the tale of the Battle of Britain and the men who fought it.
Some of those men – named ‘the Few’ by Churchill in one of his most famous wartime speeches – were on hand to meet The Queen as she toured the building, including Squadron Leader Geoffrey Wellum, Wing Commander Tom Neil, Wing Commander Paul Farnes, Squadron Leader Tony Pickering, Flying Officer Ken Wilkinson and Flight Lieutenant Owen Burns.
The Wing also features The Geoffrey Page Centre, an educational resource which was being used on the day by pupils from Capel-le-Ferne Primary School, who were working hard on worksheets prepared by the Trust. One of their colleagues, Scarlet Stevens, was on hand to present Her Majesty with a posy at the end of her visit.
Posted on 21/04/2015