Tuesday, 20 January 2009

A HERO FOR THE SOUTH-EAST?

What do Kentish men and women have in common with people in Hampshire or Buckinghamshire? Compared to most parts of the United Kingdom the South East has little regional identity, or even clearly defined boundaries.

One person who we should commemorate is Sir Keith Park. Commander of 11 Group Fighter Command, his squadrons earned him the title from the Germans the Defender of London. This included Thanet's Manston. He was our Nelson of the skies but is little remembered. Here's a recent feature in the Telegraph from Norman Tebbit and Tony Benn

The Marshal of the RAF, Lord Tedder said after the war:

“If ever any one man won the Battle of Britain, he did. I don’t believe it is recognised how much this one man, with his leadership, his calm judgment and his skill, did to save not only this country, but the world.”

There is a petition now for a statue to honour him. I have signed, I hope you might click here and help commemorate a true hero.

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