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23rd February 2014 - Press Release

Channel Dash Memorial-keeping Dover's important memories alive



Whilst the Dover Straits are today synonymous with the movement of cross-Channel ferry traffic between Europe's busiest international ferry port and the Continent, 72 years ago the Straits represented a narrow divide between Great Britain and occupied Europe. The Port of Dover is extremely mindful of the extraordinary wartime heritage that exists in Dover, much of it associated with the role of the Port itself.

As such, having supported the establishment of the Channel Dash Memorial in 2012, commemorating the incredible bravery of those who took part in Operation Fuller, the Port is once again honoured to support the Channel Dash Memorial Trust in developing an IT educational project to remember such a poignant episode and honour the memories of those who took part.

Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover, said: “It is really important for us to recognise the ultimate sacrifice made by the 146 young men who gave their lives fighting for our country. The IT Educational Project, proposed by the Channel Dash Memorial Trust, will help keep it in our memories and we are very proud to be able to support it. We recognise that this part of history is hugely important for both the town and community of Dover.”

Together with representatives from the local community through the newly established Port and Community Forum, the Port has been developing a heritage strategy that connects important parts of Dover’s history in order to tell its unique story.   A significant part of that is revealing Dover’s maritime heritage, both in war and in peace.  The educational project will make a very meaningful contribution to that work in remembering and interpreting what was an amazing chapter that recognises such incredible commitment to a cause, whatever the odds.

Jim Williams, Trustee of the Channel Dash Memorial Trust, said: “Dover Harbour Board supported us in 2012 with the Operation Fuller Memorial and has kindly offered to help us take this project a step further.  It is fantastic to know that the Port is keen to be a part of this community initiative to keep the memory alive of the airmen who took part in the wartime Operation Fuller - known as the Channel Dash.”

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Issued by Port of Dover External and Corporate Affairs on 01304 240400 (ext 4410 from 8.30 – 17.00)

Notes to Editors

  • For more information on Operation Fuller (The Channel Dash), please visit

http://www.fleetairarm.com/history-of-channel-dash.aspx

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