Wednesday, 27 May 2009

BATTLE OF BRITAIN 70TH ANNIVERSARY PLANS

I wrote in January about the campaign to get a suitable memorial to Sir Keith Park, wartime mastermind of Britain's air defences. I am pleased to update that planning permission has been granted for a permanent statue in Waterloo Place, Westminster. Even better there will be a temporary location on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square if the Mayor of London agrees.

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/ .

1 comment:

  1. Hi sorry to go off thread I have set up a new blog http://thanetpress.blogspot.com/ and would appreciate it if you would link to it as I have done to yours, it is to be exclusively for publishing local press releases with proper feeds.

    I won’t be publishing anything that isn’t mainstream it will be TDC and the main local politicians press releases only.

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