This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, and the RAF in King’s Lynn, our local town, have been going all out to commemorate this landmark event in our history.
Throughout the summer, our small Norfolk town will play host to several air force-themed events, including a march and drill by the local 42F Squadron, military-themed stalls and even a flypast of the iconic Spitfire fighter plane.
Following in the footsteps of the enlisted men and women of West Norfolk, the 42F King’s Lynn Air Cadets are also contributing to the events – arranging for a trail of model Spitfires to be placed around the town for tourists and locals to follow.
Each of the 25 small replica planes on the trail has been decorated by local schools, charities and businesses to reflect local and wartime scenes – and with help from students at the Include School in King’s Lynn, we’ve chipped in with a design of our own.
Andrew Roofe, a project worker at Include, a school for students outside mainstream education, came up with the idea of commemorating staff working at local air bases during the Second World War.
“I saw some old photographs on the internet and we thought it would be a fitting tribute to create a plane carrying images from all of our local air bases,” he said.
“It took us about three days to complete and we’re really pleased with the result – we had fun putting it together and we also had a session on the planes in class, so it was educational too.”
Gerry Bucke, general manager at Flux and Bikesure, was delighted at how the once-plain Spitfires had turned out.
“I think they’ve done us proud – they look really good and I can’t wait to see them around the town with all the other designs,” he added.
The Spitfire Trail launched on July 18th and will run until September 16th this year.