Despite both aerial displays being cancelled due to poor visibility the Centenary of Flight Event of May 28th has been a roaring success. Thanks to all the visitors who showed up on a very balmy Saturday the event raised a whopping £4000 for the Spitfire & Hurricane Museum and the RAF Manston History Museum, which goes a long way towards supporting our work of commemorating the sacrifices made by those who fell during the Second World War and engaging with our local population.
In addition to the money raised for the museums, the event was also very popular with our visitors and was a fitting commemoration of 100 years of manned flight at Manston.
The Centenary also boosted the museum’s profile throughout Kent with over 1400 people attending and gained us some positive press coverage.
The Spitfire & Hurricane would like to thank all those who supported us. Special thanks must go to Stone Hill Park for kindly offering the land adjacent to the museum as free parking to visitors and to the Heritage Lottery Fund who awarded the Museum £8000 to secure the Spitfire display and a series of activities, including a travelling display about the history of RAF Manston.
Valuable assistance was also provided by the RAF Defence Fire Training and Development Centre and of course the Kent Messenger group who provided excellent coverage for us!
However, the highest praise must be given to all of our amazing volunteers (both from the Museums and Supporters of Manston Airport) without whom the event could never have taken place.
Matt Demedts, the museum manager said:
“It is entirely down to the fantastic efforts of all our volunteers that we are able to pull this once in a lifetime event off and we cannot thank them enough for helping us. It goes to show that the willingness of our volunteers is, without a doubt, one of the most important assets this museum has!”
Even better, Aerolegends has kindly offered the Spitfire Display to the Museum another day so we urge everyone to keep their eyes on the Museum website and the skies over Manston!