Tourism is set to get a boost this summer with an initiative launched by the 42nd King’s Lynn Squadron Air Cadets – a spitfire trail around town.
The trail, designed in association with West Norfolk Council, is intended to be similar to the highly successful GoGoGorillars in Norwich in 2013.
Twenty scale fibreglass models of the iconic Spitfire will be positioned throughout Lynn’s historic quarters, each one sponsored by a local business.
The ‘Flight Path’ will be officially opened on Saturday, July 18, and will ‘fly’ until September 16, to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.
The models have a wing span of a metre and will be painted in the colours or designs of the individual sponsors.
The news of the Squadron’s initiative has been welcomed by business and tourism chiefs in West Norfolk.
Nova Fairbank from Norfolk Chamber of Commerce said: “The Spitfire trail will help boost visitor numbers to the town centre and contribute to the economy.”
Heather Garrod, president of the West Norfolk chamber, said: “I think it’s tremendous and it will bring a different sort of people into town. It’s phenomenal.”
Flight Lieutenant Pauline Petch, the Commanding Officer of 42F, said: “I hope our Spitfire trail will boost tourism and raise the profile of King’s Lynn.
“The launch coincides with the very successful King’s Lynn Festival so it will offer locals and visitors alike a chance to see our town from a different perspective. We are producing a trail booklet which people will be able to purchase from the Tourist Information Centre and other outlets that will help guide them round our historic town.
“The 18th of July will be a momentous day for our Squadron as, for the first time since we were bestowed the Freedom of the Borough last year, we shall be parading in the town to exercise that Freedom.”
The booklet of the trail will give a brief history of the building or area where the aircraft has been placed and information about the aircraft.
A competition will also be included in the Flight Path Book regarding the aircraft.
After the event the aircraft will be taken down and will be auctioned off .
Currently 15 aircraft are ordered with Palm Paper, Consents Solutions, Sandles Cars, Norfolk Green and the Vancouver Quarter among sponsors.
Last year 42F King’s Lynn squadron ATC, was extremely fortunate to receive the Freedom of The Borough for work in the community. This year -2015 they exercise that freedom with a parade and with the launch of an arts trail. Many major cities have put on art trails, where animal models are painted up and put on show.
With 2015 also being the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and with King’s Lynn being in such close proximity to RAF Marham, a ‘Festival Flight Path of the Spitfire ‘ is being designed .
Fibreglass spitfires with a wing span of 1 metre, will be fixed in strategic places around the old Town making up a walk - Flight Path-that visitors and locals can then visit. Each aircraft will hopefully be painted up in the sponsors colours or in a design of choice either by the sponsor or possibly by the local schools.
A booklet of the trail is being written up, giving a brief history of the building or area that the aircraft has been placed and the information about the aircraft and sponsor and this will be available from shops and the Tourist Information Centre. A competition will also be included in the Flight Path Book regarding the aircraft. After the event the aircraft will be taken down and will be auctioned off, possibly at 42F Kings Lynn ATC 75th Anniversary Dinner & Presentation night in November for charity. The Borough Council and local businesses including Palm Paper, Consents Solutions, Sandles Cars, Norfolk Green, KLFM, and Vancouver Quarter, are among the supporters of the event and currently 15 aircraft are ordered. Each of the sponsors will have advertising in the Flight Path booklet as well as having an aircraft with their own logo on in a prominent part of King’s Lynn ,it is hoped the Spitfire Flight Path will boost tourism and raise the profile of Kings Lynn and would also give the Festival visitors something different to do while encouraging them to look at the old parts of Lynn.
On February 25th at 42F HQ in Loke Road , sponsors, cadets and staff launched the event with the first spitfire being on show and ready to paint . The spitfire flight path will begin on July 18th 2015 on King Staithe square King’s Lynn as part of the squadrons Freedom Event. This will include a parade, drill, Marham Bluebirds Choir, local military based stalls and a flypast of a Spitfire. Anyone who would like to be part of this innovative event and sponsor a spitfire ,support the event, or would like more details can contact the OC of the squadron Flt Lt Pauline Petch on firstname.lastname@example.org