One of the last surviving members of Churchill’s ‘Few’ attended the annual Memorial Day at Capel-le-Ferne’s National Memorial on July 7, marking the 79th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.
Wg Cdr Paul Farnes DFM, now aged 101, flew Hawker Hurricanes in the conflict. Among those attending the ceremony with Paul was Oscar-winning actor Sir Ben Kingsley CBE.
After chatting to the veteran, Sir Ben commented: “It was an immense privilege to express, however modestly, my gratitude – our gratitude – to Paul and to his brothers-in-arms for what they prevented. Our world would have been catastrophically different were it not for the Few who defended our skies in 1940.”
The annual event, organised by the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust, included a flying display by two Spitfires from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and music from the Central Band of the Royal Air Force.www.battleofbritainmemorial.org
In other related news, Archie McInnes, one of the Few, has sadly passed away shortly after celebrating his 100th birthday. These extraordinary men will never be forgotten.