In 1941, residents of Lytham and St Annes raised £6,500 to buy a Spitfire plane, and in 2012 a memorial was created to that magnificent wartime effort
John Coombes led the volunteer fundraisers in their twenty first century campaign to once again fund a Spitfire, which pays tribute to the lost men and in particular the pilot, Sergeant Alan Lever-Ridings, who also had family connections in the area – his mother and grandparents lived in St Annes.
The nine metre long, full size replica Spitfire is displayed as if in flight, suspended on a pole support mounted on a plinth.
The original Lytham St Annes Spitfire W3644 was shot down off the Devon coast while returning home after escorting bombers over France.
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