Students from the Include School in Lynn have paid tribute to the wartime heroes from Norfolk’s RAF bases ahead of this month’s Spitfire Trail.
The youngsters were asked to help East Winch-based insurance broker Adrian Flux design one of the 25 fibreglass model Spitfires that will go on display from July 18. Andrew Roofe, a project worker at the 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. Support worker Charlie Curtis, left, and project worker Andrew Roofe are pictured with students from the school
“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.”
The second plane in the picture was designed and painted by Anya McCarthy on behalf of Flux’s sister company Bikesure, and features a scene of memorial poppies.
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, organised by the 42F King’s Lynn Air Cadets to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, includes a march by 42F Squadron, military-based stalls, a drill and a flypast of the iconic Spitfire over its scale model replicas.