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Press Release 10 May 2013

The Harriet Quimby Centenary Project are pleased to announce the date of their sponsored walk from Whitfield to the Bleriot monument at Northfall Meadow; it will be held on Saturday 8th June, beginning at 10am, starting at Whitfield Recreation Ground and ending circa 12.30pm on the monument marking where Louis Bleriot landed in July 1909.

The small party of walkers, led by Project Chairman Martin Young, will set off from the Harriet Quimby Centenary Project stand at the Community Gala Day event being organised by Whitfield Parish Council.  Mr Young, commenting on the programme of events scheduled for the day, said “We realised that Whitfield Parish Council have put a lot of effort into getting a lot of families onto the Recreation Ground and felt that we could get Harriet’s story over to lots more people than would otherwise have been the case by simply moving the day of our walk.  Since our Project will be represented at Whitfield Community Gala anyway, it made sense to combine the two events into one”.

The event is given added significance as the walk starts very close to the site of Whitfield Aerodrome on Archers Court Road, from where Harriet took off on her historic flight of April 15th 1912, and ends on the monument where a very rare photo of Harriet in England was taken on the eve of her flight.

Project Secretary Andy Cooper added, “we really hope that plenty of families will turn out to cheer the walkers as they start off and will visit our stall to learn of the remarkable story of Harriet Quimby, if they don’t know it already.  People will have the chance to pledge support for the sponsored walk or to buy pin badges and T-shirts if they wish, but most important of all, they will go home knowing of Harriet Quimby and how she put Whitfield on the world map”.



The walk will begin at 10am on Saturday 8th June from the Harriet Quimby Centenary Project's stand at Whitfield Community Gala, to be held on Whitfield Recreation Ground from 10-5 that day.  The walk will be set off by Trevor Bond, Sales & Marketing Manager of The Ramada Hotel, Whitfield, where the plaque commemorating Harriet's historic flight is to be found on the wall immediately adjacent to the entrance/foyer.

We're hoping for decent weather and for great numbers to turn up and cheer the small party of walkers on their way, so please put could everyone put this in their diaries and be at our stand from 9.50 onwards to give them a rousing send off.  The KM photographer will be there to record events for the paper.  If you'd like to support the Project financially, you can sponsor Océanne through the HQCP website or on the day, or by buying a pin badge or T-shirt, both of which will be on sale on the day.  Additionally, we'll be holding a tombola with some decent prizes...

You can download a sponsorship form by clicking here: 

Hope to see many of you there; the date was clashing with Folkestone Air Show, which has now been cancelled, so please come to Whitfield Community Gala for a day out with the family, and get there early for the start of the walk!)  and would ask you all to publicise this as much as possible among friends, colleagues and family.


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