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Dunsfold Aerodrome 66th in list of places that make Britain brilliant

Monday, 06 June 2011

A book of 100 fascinating places that helped shape Britain hit book stores on Friday (3rd June) prompting national newspaper, The Sun, to put together their own list which placed Dunsfold Aerodrome at number 66.

The paper reckoned the rival guide which covered locations including Hampton Court Palace, London, the Titanic dock in Belfast and the historical Scottish island of Iona, overlooked dozens of possible entries which have earned a place in British hearts and history.

The list from The Sun includes real-life Hogwarts and Abbey Road to the UK's first ever supermarket and the birth place of Battle of Britain star, the Spitfire.

Dunsfold Aerodrome has an illustrious history as a Second World War aerodrome and is also the birth place of iconic aircraft including the Harrier, Hunter and Hawk. But it wasn’t these accomplishments that the site was recognised for, it was placed 66th as the venue for BBC’s Top Gear show where celebrities compete in A Reasonably Priced Car around the aerodrome’s track.

Jamie McAllister, Events Director Dunsfold Park Ltd comments: “The Sun’s list is great and it’s right for them to highlight places that haven’t been considered but should be recognised because of their own significant contribution to British history. Dunsfold Aerodrome has an incredible list of achievements including its more recent reincarnation as a television and film backdrop for programmes like Top Gear and we’re delighted to have made the list.” 

For the full list of 100 click here.