Flying start for BlÃ©riot monument
Blériot’s grandchildren unveiled the memorial in a special opening ceremony last month, attended by the military from England, France and Italy. It was followed by a Gala dinner at Dover Castle, which included a flypast by The Red Arrows and the French equivalent, Patrouille de France.
Louis Blériot became the first person to fly the English Channel in an aeroplane when he arrived at Northfall Meadow near Dover Castle on the morning of 25 July 1909, covering a distance of 27 miles in 37 minutes.
Rummey Design and Rummey Environmental were delighted to take up Paul Tipple and Dover District Council’s invitation to create the memorial by designing, procuring and part-funding the scheme.
The design opens up naturally regenerated woodlands to encourage biodiversity and regenerates an area of chalk downland.
Overcoming many official hurdles, the scheme opened on time and on budget to acclaim from local dignitaries and an international audience of aviation enthusiasts.