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Kent's Ian Hislop backs National Trust campaign to buy White Cliffs of Dover

Ian Hislop
Ian Hislop

Ian Hislop has become the latest celebrity to back the National Trust’s campaign to buy a stretch of the White Cliffs of Dover.

Mr Hislop, a star of Have I Got News For You and who lives in Sissinghurst, has presented a BBC Radio 4 documentary about the story of the song (There’ll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover.

The appeal to raise £1.2 million to buy the 1.35km stretch - which would complete the missing link of cliffs owned by the NT between Dover and St Margaret's - has already attracted support from celebrities including designer Zandra Rhodes, comedian and presenter Paul O’Grady and Dover-born soul singer Joss Stone.

Mr Hislop said: "This is a terrific idea - I made a radio programme about the wartime song and I could not believe how much even the thought of the white cliffs meant to people as a symbol of the nation.

"It makes perfect sense for the National Trust to take on the cliffs. They probably won’t be able to get bluebirds flying over but I hope they open it up to everyone else."

White Cliffs appeal logo
White Cliffs appeal logo

The National Trust is campaigning to buy a stretch of the White Cliffs of Dover

Meanwhile, the white cliffs will have their own writer-in-residence next week.

For eight days starting on Monday, Julian Baggini - who has written several books about philosophy - will be blogging and filming his thoughts and observations.

He will be talking to the people who live and work in the area about the cliffs.

Appeal donations can be made online by visiting www.nationaltrust.org.uk/whitecliffsappeal.

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