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Royal salute to our war heroes

PUBLISHED: 16:49 19 May 2010 | UPDATED: 11:42 23 August 2010

REMEMBERED: The Lord Lieutenant, Allan Willett and his wife, Anne, paying tribute at the former RAF airfield. With them are the son and grandson of the pilot she saved, Stephen and David Bond.

REMEMBERED: The Lord Lieutenant, Allan Willett and his wife, Anne, paying tribute at the former RAF airfield. With them are the son and grandson of the pilot she saved, Stephen and David Bond.

THE QUEEN S representative in Kent is preparing to conduct a summer tour of places that bore the brunt of Luftwaffe attacks during the battle of Britain to commemorate its 70th anniversary. Allan Willett, the Lord Lieutenant of Kent announced the wreath

THE QUEEN'S representative in Kent is preparing to conduct a summer tour of places that bore the brunt of Luftwaffe attacks during the battle of Britain to commemorate its 70th anniversary.

Allan Willett, the Lord Lieutenant of Kent announced the wreath laying tour, which will include Gravesend, at the unveiling of a new plaque in tribute to wartime heroine Daphne Pearson at the County Showground, Detling on Saturday.

Corporal Pearson of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force became the first servicewoman to win the George Cross after rescuing pilot David Bond from his during bomb-laden plane in May 1940.

Mr Bond went on to found Bond Helicopters a business taken on by his son Stephen who attended the ceremony with his own son David Bond.

He said: "My son and I are honoured to be here today and are very touched by this moving ceremony."

He added that without the efforts of Corporal Pearson his father would not have gone onto found Bond Helicopters which he inherited on his father's death.

The day also saw youngsters from across the county showcase their talents with performances in music, drama, first aid, fencing and martial arts.

This included Catherine Gandolfi, instructor at Gravesham Fencing Club and six pupils.

She said: "We had a live demonstration then had our plastic kits out to let people have a go which proved very popular."

Demonstrations of youth activity were followed by a formal thank you tea party reception hosted by the Lord Lieutenant, the Chairman of Kent County Council, Mr Bill Hayton, and the Mayor of Medway, Councillor David Royle.

Lord Lieutenant Willett said: "I have every confidence that all here today and especially our young people will not be found wanting as they take our great county into the future.

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