Members of Dover Rotary Club joined with Rotarians from Sandwich visited the Battle of Britain memorial project on the clifftop at Capel on Thursday, 21st March 2019.
The Dover contingent took the opportunity to present to the centre a historically valuable portrait, The Last of the Few, depicting a Spitfire and signed by many of the pilots who fought in the Battle of Britain. The image was handed over to Patrick Tootal, honorary secretary of the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust by Rotarian Brian Flood on behalf of the Dover club.
Mr Flood, vice chairman of Dover Transport Museum at Whitfield, had cared for the photograph for some years but, as he said at the presentation, the Battle of Britain centre was a more appropriate home for it. The portrait had originally been given to Mr Flood’s care by DG-elect Donald Soppitt. Giving thanks Mr Tootal said he had only once seen a similar copy.
The members of the two clubs, Dover and Sandwich, lunched at the Capel centre, were taken on a conducted tour of the site and enjoyed the “scramble experience” undertaken by pilots when taking off to fight enemy attacking aircraft.
The Battle of Britain Memorial site itself is open 365 days a year to those on foot (access is via the side gate) but the car park, shop, cafe and Scramble Experience are open as per the times shown below.
10.00am-5.00pm March to September
10.00am-4.00pm October to February
Visit the Battle of Britain Memorial website here