Now meet the Seven Sisters with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.
How can I feature a story about seven brothers without mentioning the Seven Sisters – especially as they are to be found just a few miles away from Frank Bennett’s Polegate home? Haven Brow, Short Brow, Rough Brow, Brass Point, Flat Hill (formerly known as Flagstaff Point), Bailey’s Hill and West Hill Brow; from west to east, these are the rather prosaic and certainly very unfeminine names of those pristine white chalk cliffs that undulate along the Sussex coast between the River Cuckmere and Birling Gap. Given the Second World War theme of this week’s County Yarns, we thought it apt to feature the Seven Sisters with the majestic Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight above them. The Seven Sisters are part of one of the longest stretches of undeveloped land along the whole south coast.
I have read that the chalk family is still growing as erosion is slowly creating an eighth Sister. I hope they leave the name as Seven Sisters because Eight Sisters just doesn’t have the same resonance.