King’s Lynn Spitfire trail prepares for take-off

Will Smith of Norfolk Green with his Spitfire model to be painted by the company.

Will Smith of Norfolk Green with his Spitfire model to be painted by the company.

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Plans to put a trail of model Spitfires around the town of King’s Lynn this summer have now become a reality with the arrival of the unpainted designs.

Originally only for 10 planes, the project has now expanded to 22 that have been booked, paid for and sponsored.

The unpainted squadron of Spitfires, each with a one metre wingspan, have just arrived. Each one will be individually decorated, some will be painted by sponsors and some by cadets.

The Spitfires will be launched as part of Lynn’s Freedom Parade on July 18.

Last year 42F King’s Lynn Squadron Air Cadets were extremely fortunate to receive the Freedom of The Borough for their work in the community.

As well as the model aircraft being on display, for the first time since the Squadron Air Cadets were bestowed the Freedom of the Borough last year, they will be parading in the town to exercise that Freedom.

King’s Lynn will also be lucky enough to have a real Spitfire fly up the river on the day as it coincides with the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

Flight Lieutenant Pauline Petch, the Commanding Officer of 42F Squadron ATC, was originally inspired on a trip to Norwich in 2013, having seen the successful Go Go Gorillas. Now that the dream is coming true she said she is “just really excited it’s actually happening”.

“I’ve kept the project as local as it can be with businesses taking part including BAE Marham, KLFM and the Vancouver Centre.”

As well as these Palm Paper, Consents Solutions, Sandles Cars and Norfolk Green are also amongst sponsors.

Flt Lt Petch is really impressed with the reception the Spitfires have received – “lots of local businesses are really up for it”.

Not only have the iconic models been welcomed by local businesses but tourism is set to see an increase over the weekend with locals and visitors expected to enjoy the event.

The planes will be decorated individually and will be placed around Kings Lynn’s historic quarters as part of the celebrations.

There will also be a booklet to help follow the trail that will give a brief history of the building or area where the aircraft has been placed and information about the Spitfire itself.

People can also join in with a competition included in the Flight Path Book regarding the aircraft. After the event the Spitfires will be taken down and will be auctioned off.