The hovercraft inventor, who carried out much of his research in Hythe, has been honored with a blue plaque in the village.

Sir Christopher Cockerell lived in Prospect Place and was the driving force behind the invention of the machine in 1955.

He is famous for testing his theory using empty cans and a vacuum cleaner.

The hovercraft was invented in 1955

Much of his early work was carried out in East Anglia, but the designs were refined in the offices of The Grove in St John’s Street, now occupied by the parish council.

Shacks across the road served as workshops and laboratories.

The blue plaque marking its success was unveiled on the 63rd anniversary of the hovercraft’s first crossing of the English Channel.

Cllr Malcolm Wade unveils plaque in honor of Sir Christopher Cockerell
Cllr Malcolm Wade unveils plaque in honor of Sir Christopher Cockerell

A spokesman for the parish council told A&T they wanted to recognize the importance of Sir Christopher and the development of the hovercraft over many years.

Cllr Malcolm Wade, Chairman of the Parish Council, said: “The unveiling of the blue plaque to commemorate Sir Christopher Cockerell and the Grove Building, the home of the Hovercraft development, is a great tribute to the work he and the local people have done. of Hythe – some of whom were at the unveiling – contributed to a great British invention and innovative mode of transport.”