Hopefully the permanent statue will be erected in September 2010 to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.
The Campaign for a memorial was launched in March 2008, veterans, supporters and members of the Park family were accompanied in Trafalgar Square by a Spitfire. The unveiling will form a principal part of the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain next year.
It is no exaggeration to say that the leadership given by Sir Keith Park was crucial to winning the Battle of Britain, and therefore to the ultimate outcome of the Second World War.
The fact that he was a New Zealander also reminds us of the countless thousands from other countries who have fought alongside British servicemen and women during the World Wars and in the years since.
I would be grateful for knowledge of plans in Thanet to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Britain. I hope Thanet Council will back all local initiatives to mark this part of our local history.
For more details of the campaign please visit http://www.sirkeithpark.com/ .