The Wing Takes Shape
As The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust’s new visitor centre takes shape at the National Memorial to the Few at Capel-le-Ferne, a new donation has been announced from The Roger De Haan Charitable Trust to help the project reach its final funding target.
Despite having to work through the wettest, windiest winter for many years, contractor Epps Construction has made good progress on the visitor centre, which will be known as The Wing and is due to open during the 75th anniversary year of the Battle of Britain.
The building has been made possible by generous donations from individuals and charitable trusts together with local fund raising and collections by hard-working volunteers, sales of merchandise at the site and contributions from visitors to the café. All this has enabled work to progress on building The Wing and on developing the intricate software needed to run the experience.
The result is that the floor slab has been completed, ready for the steel framework that will allow the building to replicate the wing shape of the world’s most iconic fighter aircraft. Work also includes providing a new coach park, and site development manager Jules Gomez and his team will offer tours of the site for the first time during summer 2014.
The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust is now pushing ahead with a final fund-raising drive, and The Roger De Haan Charitable Trust has added a further donation of £30,000 to its original grant of £100,000. This will help ensure that the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust can complete the project and fund the high-tech equipment that will bring the centre to life and deliver the groundbreaking audio-visual experience that will tell the story of the Battle of Britain to future generations.
Details of how to support the appeal can be found on www.battleofbritainmemorial.org