Given the relatively early start to the season, the focus of our first ride would be more on the destination itself and a relaxing ride to our arrival point. The Battle of Britain Memorial at Capel le ferne along with its unique and stunning views across the English Channel proved to be popular during our last visit in 2016.

With this in mind, it was an easy decision to plan a revisit again in 2019, giving an opportunity spend more time there on this occasion to take in upgraded facilities as well as the timeless views towards France where so many enemy aircraft departed for our shores and air battles took place, this was a key feature of the event.

On the day we were treated to exceptionally good weather with sparkling clear and cloudless skies. Refreshments consumed courtesy of Warrs and ride brief completed, the group consisting of around 60 bikes departed Warrs SE, slightly later than normal, for our direct journey along the M20 of just over 60 miles. Thanks to the road crew the ride remained tight and orderly, including through the numerous speed restricted road works that have popped up along the Motorway.

Our arrival at just after midday was greeted by the enthusiastic staff from the Memorial who were keen to give our group pride of place parking along the Burma road within the Memorial grounds.

Clearly arriving fairly early feeling refreshed and with time to spare, gave the majority of members time to spend a couple of hours looking at exhibits, including the memorial wall, full sized replica aircraft and of course consuming most of the food available in the Wing Café!

It was indeed great to see so many of our members just chilling out and giving much needed support to the Memorial Trust, something they have expressed much gratitude for.

In all it was a great start to the 2019 season and a ride that appears to have proved popular with both Chapter members and the Memorial Trust, well done everyone for turning out to support the day.

Ride Safe, Dave Mann

Assistant Director and Charter Member

Meridian Chapter Harley Owners Group

It was indeed great to see so many of our members just chilling out and giving much needed support to the Memorial Trust, something they have expressed much gratitude for.

In all it was a great start to the 2019 season and a ride that appears to have proved popular with both Chapter members and the Memorial Trust, well done everyone for turning out to support the day.

Ride Safe, Dave Mann

Assistant Director and Charter Member

Meridian Chapter Harley Owners Group

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