Spitfire memorial unveiled in Darwen

The memorial is unveiled

The memorial is unveiled

First published in News This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A MEMORIAL to the Second World War Spitfire bought by the people of Darwen has been officially unveiled.

The model aircraft – one-twelfth the size of the real version – commemorates the huge fundraising effort in the town when £5,000 was raised by public subscription to buy the aircraft for the RAF.

The memorial has been built by apprentice engineers from the town’s metal fabrication firm WEC and taken more than two years to make.

The original Darwen Spitfire was accepted into service in 1941 and lasted about six months. It is thought to have been shot down somewhere over Holland.

The memorial was officially unveiled by MP Jake Berry in a ceremony attended by local dignitaries, Royal British Legion members and the apprentices.

Wreaths were laid at the site as part of the town's Remembrance ceremony.

Mr Berry said: “There is no greater privilege for an MP than to mark the sacrifice of the people of their town. And this is unusual as it commemorates the sacrifice of everyone in the town. It is a reminder that the war effort is not just about those who are out there fighting.”

The idea to commemorate the Spitfire was first suggested four years ago by then Darwen councillor Tony Melia, who said he was proud to see the memorial finally in place.

He said: “It looks absolutely fantastic. I can’t thank WEC boss Steve Hartley and the apprentices enough. I was very proud when I drove past and saw it in place.”

WEC’s Peter Roberts, who runs the apprentice academy, said: “I have looked after the project for more than two-and-a-half years, with 30 apprentices involved over that period.

“On behalf of all the apprentices I would like to thank everyone who turned out for the unveiling.”

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2:28pm Mon 12 Nov 12

useyourhead says...

well done to all who worked on it, I'm sure it looks great when photographed from a decent angle!
well done to all who worked on it, I'm sure it looks great when photographed from a decent angle! useyourhead
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3:09pm Mon 12 Nov 12

Roy..Darwen says...

useyourhead wrote:
well done to all who worked on it, I'm sure it looks great when photographed from a decent angle!
The model is brilliant. Thanks WEC and the lads who worked on it.
Use your head, if you want to see it get off your arse and stop moaning.
[quote][p][bold]useyourhead[/bold] wrote: well done to all who worked on it, I'm sure it looks great when photographed from a decent angle![/p][/quote]The model is brilliant. Thanks WEC and the lads who worked on it. Use your head, if you want to see it get off your arse and stop moaning. Roy..Darwen
  • Score: 2

4:22pm Mon 12 Nov 12

Chris P Bacon says...

useyourhead wrote:
well done to all who worked on it, I'm sure it looks great when photographed from a decent angle!
That's been photographed from an excellent angle. The glare of sunshine off the starboard wing gives an impression of movement and action difficult to recreate from a static, dull angle. Artistic interpretation not a strong subject of yours, is it?
[quote][p][bold]useyourhead[/bold] wrote: well done to all who worked on it, I'm sure it looks great when photographed from a decent angle![/p][/quote]That's been photographed from an excellent angle. The glare of sunshine off the starboard wing gives an impression of movement and action difficult to recreate from a static, dull angle. Artistic interpretation not a strong subject of yours, is it? Chris P Bacon
  • Score: 2

4:57pm Mon 12 Nov 12

carrman2 says...

well done to the apprentices who worked on it, thanks for the pic LET, Cardiff ex pendle here
well done to the apprentices who worked on it, thanks for the pic LET, Cardiff ex pendle here carrman2
  • Score: 1

6:37pm Mon 12 Nov 12

Ian the Beancounter says...

It looks absolutely fantastic! Thanks from a proud Darrener to all concerned. One of Tony Melia's better suggestions.
It looks absolutely fantastic! Thanks from a proud Darrener to all concerned. One of Tony Melia's better suggestions. Ian the Beancounter
  • Score: 3

6:44pm Mon 12 Nov 12

BlueSkies says...

Looks wonderful!
Looks wonderful! BlueSkies
  • Score: 0

6:51pm Mon 12 Nov 12

2 for 5p says...

useyourhead wrote:
well done to all who worked on it, I'm sure it looks great when photographed from a decent angle!
Im sure it will.


NOT
[quote][p][bold]useyourhead[/bold] wrote: well done to all who worked on it, I'm sure it looks great when photographed from a decent angle![/p][/quote]Im sure it will. NOT 2 for 5p
  • Score: -1

6:55pm Mon 12 Nov 12

RUinsane says...

Its a good job Darwen is pointing the way for the rest to follow, its like a diamond of the ring. Wonderful.
Its a good job Darwen is pointing the way for the rest to follow, its like a diamond of the ring. Wonderful. RUinsane
  • Score: 0

7:05pm Mon 12 Nov 12

TrueBlue (Formerly GetRealUIdiot) says...

Can someone tell me where they have placed It? Looks cool by the way, well done to the lads at WEC.
Can someone tell me where they have placed It? Looks cool by the way, well done to the lads at WEC. TrueBlue (Formerly GetRealUIdiot)
  • Score: 0

8:40pm Mon 12 Nov 12

ste.g says...

whose gunna fly it ronnie corbett
whose gunna fly it ronnie corbett ste.g
  • Score: 1

10:24pm Mon 12 Nov 12

xrayspex77 says...

ste.g wrote:
whose gunna fly it ronnie corbett
Lol very good!
[quote][p][bold]ste.g[/bold] wrote: whose gunna fly it ronnie corbett[/p][/quote]Lol very good! xrayspex77
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11:29am Tue 13 Nov 12

Sir Bill Taylor says...

We had an hour to wile away so went across to take a look...brilliant. Loved it...well done to all.
We had an hour to wile away so went across to take a look...brilliant. Loved it...well done to all. Sir Bill Taylor
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12:07pm Sat 17 Nov 12

happycyclist says...

It looks superb. Credit to all those involved in making it and to Tony Melia for suggesting it.
It looks superb. Credit to all those involved in making it and to Tony Melia for suggesting it. happycyclist
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