Count Anthony Harrison Calls for a New Bank Holiday to Celebrate Battle of Britain’s Polish Heroes

Count Anthony Harrison Calls for a New Bank Holiday to Celebrate Battle of Britain’s Polish Heroes

The extroverted and charismatic Count Anthony Harrison of the North – the only aristocrat to ever appear on Channel 4’s ‘First Dates’ – has issued a rallying call to the nation as he seeks to promote a new national bank holiday in honour of   all the heroes from supporting countries who fought in the Battle of Britain.

During a recent appearance on FUBAR Radio, during which the well-read historian charmed hosts Lizzie Cundy and Steven Leng, the Count spoke about his own personal attachment to the Battle of Britain and why he thinks it’s important to honour those from the country of Poland who risked their lives for Britain’s freedom. Appearing alongside a host of well-known names – Emile Heskey, Aaron Renfree and Louisa Lytton – Count Anthony was boisterous in his arguments.

The Count is inspired in his quest for the new bank holiday because of his grandfather’s role in the Battle of Britain. An RAF commander centrally administering the Polish Pilots that lent such an important influx of experienced airmen to the RAF, the Count wants to memorialise the brave men of Poland who helped Britain triumph in her hour of ultimate need.

Speaking about his passion, Count Anthony Harrison of the North said, “The Battle of Britain is one of the pivotal moments of British History. Without the brave souls of Poland and other allied nations who risked their very lives to take to the air – and those who worked on the ground – Britain would very likely have succumbed to Germany. We need to recognise, on a specific day every year, the colossal achievement of these people in the face of unbelievable odds.

“I feel that this is something we owe to all who worked tirelessly, often under tremendous physical and emotional strain, to hold back a tide of German warplanes that it seemed impossible to stop. Much of mainland Europe was under German control – including the home country of these brave people – and Britain had to make do with what she had. And what she had was pilots, gunners, mechanics and ground crews pulled from a vast array of nations. Somehow, due to the amazing contribution of allied forces, people made it work and turned the tide of German aggression away from British shores. I think that’s worth dedicating one day a year to remembering.”

The Count has made it an ongoing mission to make this Battle of Britain bank holiday a reality and vows not to rest until it becomes a recognised addition to the calendar

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