2021 Spring Social Walk

The Spring walk along the White Cliffs will start at Folkestone and visit the National Memorial to the Few which is open throughout the year and is accessible on foot at any time. The site itself includes the Memorial, Christopher Foxley-Norris Memorial Wall and replica Spitfire and Hurricane, and is free to visit.

 

On 12 August 1940, Pilot Officer Page was shot down and baled out into the sea with terrible burns. He was awarded the DFC and bar and received the DSO in 1944. Years later, Geoffrey realised to his astonishment that there was no memorial to his comrades who had flown with him in Fighter Command in 1940.

 

His determination that The Few should be remembered found a focus at “Hellfire Corner”, the area of Dover and Folkestone over which so much of the fighting had taken place in 1940. The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust was established and fund raising began.  On July 9 1993, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother opened the National Memorial at Capel-le-Ferne.

 

The walk will continue towards Dover with magnificent views over the Channel to France, and a stop at the Cliff Top Café for refreshment.  The return will take in Folkestone Harbour where so many infantry personnel left for the 1st World War front line, and also the memorial on The Leas to the thousands who never returned.