Aiming for the skies with Battle of Britain tribute

Spitfire at Fairhaven Lake
Spitfire at Fairhaven Lake

Fylde’s heroes of the skies will be remembered this weekend.

Volunteers from the Lytham St Annes Spitfire Display Team will be remembering those who fought in the Battle of Britain at the site of Fylde’s Fighter, Bomber and Coastal Command Memorial at Fairhaven Lake.

The team’s Mark IX Spitfire, along with various other Second World War-era RAF vehicles and ground support equipment, will be on display with the town’s Mark Vb Spitfire W3644 providing the backdrop.

From 10am to 5pm both days, the public will be able to get up close to the Spitfire and sit in the cockpit, for a small donation. All cash raised will go towards the upkeep and improvements to the memorial.

During the weekend educational talks will be given by the volunteers and the public are urged to bring along any artefacts or stories they may have which relate to the Battle of Britain or the production of aircraft on the Fylde coast.

Fund chairman John Coombes said: “We have had a busy show season this year, with a trip to Normandy being a particularly poignant occasion.

“But this year we wanted to also establish Battle of Britain day in the local community’s calendar, to ensure that the events of Summer 1940 are never allowed to fade. The town has a unique memorial which the team hopes will become a focal point in the future.

“We hope to raise funds tto help embark on future improvements, including new seating, story boards and pathways. In future years we would like the weekend to incorporate open air showings of RAF Wartime classic movies, such as the Dambusters.”

He added that plans are also progressing for a new Museum of Aviation and Aircraft Manufacturing which will celebrate the area’s aviation heritage.