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28 November 2017, 11:42 | Updated: 28 November 2017, 11:46
The Battle of Britain Memorial on the top of cliffs at Capel-le-Ferne is the first ever winner of a major new award.
The site which that pays tribute to the men who fought the Battle of Britain has won the Hidden Gem category in the Visit Kent Tourism Awards, presented at a ceremony at the Theatre Royal in London.
Winners in seven categories were chosen by the public, with people encouraged to use social media to vote for their favourite destination from a shortlist of three.
The 21 finalists across the seven categories had already been whittled down from almost 100 tourist attractions that entered the competition.
Kent photographer Barry Duffield, recently elected as a Trustee of the Memorial, collected the Hidden Gem trophy on behalf of the memorial. He said: "It was a real honour to collect the award on behalf of the Memorial, which means so much to the tens of thousands of people who visit the site each year.
"The Memorial combines a place of quiet reflection with the exciting visitor experience provided in The Wing, where audio-visual displays bring the Battle to life.
“It makes the Memorial an ideal day out for young and old and for those who want to learn more about the events of 1940 as well as for those who want to pay their respects.”
The awards were introduced “to reward exceptional standards of customer service and outstanding visitor experiences within Kent’s tourism industry”.
There is permanent pedestrian access to the Memorial site. See the website at www.battleofbritainmemorial.org for more details.