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War: Tickets for the few at series of autumn talks at the Battle of Britain Memorial

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With its reputation as a venue for talks growing rapidly, The Wing at the Battle of Britain Memorial near Folkestone has announced its latest line-up of speakers.


People will no doubt be scrambling for tickets to this season’s autumn talks series featuring a respected Battle of Britain historian, a former Hercules pilot and a look back at the music of the 1950s.

The talks, which begin on Sunday 22 October, take place in the Geoffrey Page Centre in The Wing, the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust’s visitor centre at Capel-le-Ferne.

With numbers strictly limited to just 50 people, the popular Sunday afternoon sessions tend to book up quickly.

Inside the centre

Designed initially as an extra attraction for members of the Trust’s Friends organisation, the talks, which start at 2pm, are also open to the public. Friends receive free or reduced ticket prices and there are series discounts.


The first talk by Geoff Simpson, historical advisor to the Trust, will look at some interesting aspects of the award of the Victoria Cross, Britain’s supreme recognition of gallantry.

Geoff, who promises “an exploration of some of the nooks and crannies of the VC that seem to me to be interesting”, will cover topics such as awards to civilians, posthumous crosses, recommendations by enemy officers, Royal interventions and bars to VCs.

The Wing at Capel-le-Ferne

On 29 October, Trust secretary Group Captain Patrick Tootal will outline some of his experiences as a pilot in the RAF over 33 years. Patrick commanded LXX Squadron, flying Hercules, and calls his presentation Travelling through my logbook.

The autumn series ends with a talk on Sunday 26 November entitled You’ve never had it so good by George Taylor and Peter Clayton, who will present a musical interpretation of the 1950s and highlight how popular music developed through the decade.



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