The Vice Lord-Lieutenant, Richard Oldfield, attended the East Kent launch of Unconquered at Canterbury Cathedral Shop, where the book is on sale, on 24th April. He told guests he had greatly enjoyed reading the book and regaled them with quotations from it, both the dramatic and the amusing. He also remarked how apt Sir Winston Churchill’s words, recorded in the book, were about Kent: ‘This glorious foreland of England, the shrine of its Christianity, the cradle of its institutions, the bulwark of its defence.’ Sir Winston was not only Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports but also a Deputy Lieutenant of Kent.
The Dean of Canterbury, The Very Reverend Dr Robert Willis, who is a serving Deputy Lieutenant, welcomed guests and in particular the former Lord-Lieutenant, Allan Willett, whose charitable Foundation funded the book. Author David McDine and the book’s photographer Barry Duffield, who are both Deputy Lieutenants, were joined by artist Richard Barton chatting to guests about the research and production of Unconquered.