10 Jul 1940 – 31 Oct 1940

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I am the closest I have been to France for years looking out across towards Europe. Even my mobile sends me a Text “Welcome to France.” Traces of past conflicts with Europe are abundant on this coast.

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After the fall of France and the evacuation of Europe by Operation, Dynamo in June 1940 Britan stood alone.

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Over the Skyes “the few” protected our Island remembered at the Battle of Britain Memorial above the White Cliffs of Dover.

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The Hawker Hurricane was the plane used by the RAF to address the Bombers crossing the channel.

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The Supermarine Spitfire fought with the Fighters.

Replica aircraft stand at the Memorial.  It has been estimated that around 1,000 British planes were shot down during the Battle while over 1,800 German planes were destroyed. 

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Christmas at Mottisfont.

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A pre-Christmas stroll around Mottisfont Abbey and country estate near Romsey in Hampshire. Set in grounds sheltered in the valley of the River Test, the property is now managed by the National Trust. Like many National Trust properties Mottisfont is decorated for the visitor at this time of year.

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2018 is the 100th Anniversary of the forming of the Royal Air Force. The Battle of Britain Memorial is a monument to aircrew who flew in the Battle of Britain.

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The memorial is situated at Capel-le-Ferne near Folkestone on the White Cliffs of Dover,

The memorial is in the form of a large propeller-shaped base, with the figure of a seated pilot carved by Harry Gray sitting at the centre.

There is also a Memorial Wall which is engraved with the names of all those who took part in The Battle of Britain and were awarded the Battle of Britain Clasp.  the battle that took place between July and October 1940.

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At the rear of the site near the visitors’ centre are replica’s of the Spitfire and Hurricane.

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The day the planes fell.

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Links to a farming past.

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Like any British Town a memorial to WW1.

On this day of the anniversary of the destruction of the World Trade centre in New York on 11th September 2001, we passed through the Scottish Town of Lockerbie. We took a moment to remember that this town also has a link to terrorism.

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It lies approximately 75 miles from Glasgow.  The town came to international attention on 21 December 1988 when the wreckage of Pan Am Flight 103 fell from the sky onto parts of the town following being ripped apart by a terrorist bomb. 243 passengers and 16 crew on board were killed, along will 11 people on the ground.

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