The Biggin Hill Battle of Britain Heritage Centre is making slow progress and I am optimistic that my lobbying will ensure an Observer Corps display
Terry R A Giles


• Darwin councillors Richard Scoates and Julian Benington at the proposed site next to Biggin Hill airport

Salute to war heritage as cash help is agreed

£ 40,000 support for centre to house exhibitions

Plans for a heritage centre at Biggin Hill airfield to celebrate its pivotal role in the Second World War have come one step closer to fruition.

Bromley council has agreed to give £40,000 towards the project, which will be added to £20,000 from the Battle of Britain Supporters Club.

The money will be used to fundraise and design the centre to house exhibitions and artefacts from the 1940's conflict and also to reveal the airport's historic role in the community.

Plans have been in the pipeline for several years but this is the most significant development to date.

Dennis Barkway, chairman of the Biggin Hill Trust, responsible for the project, said: "Now the hard work begins as we reach this critical phase in our project.


" We have all worked on this for some years now and there is support for this in the wider community and across the country.

" We are focused on generating the funding and making sure that Biggin Hill and the role it has played is never forgotten."

Biggin Hill was a key site during the 1940 airborne battle which saw a small group of RAF pilots defeat the Luftwaffe.

The conquest led Winston Churchill to pay tribute to Biggin Hill's pilots in his 'The Few' speech. It is hoped building work will begin in March next year as long as the Biggin Hill Trust and the council manage to reach their £2.46million target.

Councillor for recreation Julian Benington, said: "It is vital that we honour the memory of what these pilots did for Britain and this site gives us the perfect opportunity.

" Their heroism and self sacrifice should not be forgotten. The area has a rich history and a heritage centre will do much to benefit the entire community with an attraction for local people and visitors."

from the Orpington Times.

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