The Lytham St Annes Spitfire Display Team have lovingly restored a full size replica Spitfire Mark IX which is used to help educate people on the realities of fighting in the RAF during WW2.
The team of volunteers travel around events with the Spitfire to portray life in the RAF for both Aircrew and Groundcrew during those desperate days of World War Two.
2015 marks the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and will be a busy year for the team. With trips already made to Koln in Germany and Normandy in France we hope that our display will be enjoyed by many more people across the UK and Europe during 2015.
Armed Forces Day in Blackpool, 27.6.15
The Lytham St Annes Spitfire Display Team were in St John’s Square in Blackpool town centre for a day of celebration organised by Blackpool BID.
Along with various displays and war time entertainment, the Spitfire was on display for people to look at, photograph and even sit in.
Maria Potter was there with her grandaughter and took these photographs, and wanted to say a big public thank you.
Maria said “The army were wonderful with my granddaughter. The biggest thanks have to go to the Lytham Saint Annes Spitfire Display Team.
“I have loved the Spitfire since I was a child and went to view it, imagine my delight when I found out I could sit in it. Not only could I sit in it, one poor member of the Display Team tirelessly went round taking 13 wonderful photographs, suggesting poses as he circled the plane.
“I am one extremely happy person with a life time of glorious photographs to keep as a momento. All members went that extra mile to make this a wonderful experience.”
More About the Spitfire Display Team
In 2009 the Lytham St Annes Spitfire Display Team was formed as the fundraising arm of the Fylde Spitfire Memorial Fund.
The objective was to raise funds through public donation to build a full size replica of the a Mark VB Spitfire W3644 which was purchased by the people of the Borough in 1940. Sadly the aircraft and pilot Sgt Alan Lever-Ridings were shot down by a FW190 whilst returning from escort duty during a bombing mission over Morlaix, France.
The Memorial was officially unveiled on the 19th August 2012 at Fairhaven Lake, Lancashire, FY8 1BD incorporating the exact replica of Spitfire W3644 and commemorative plaques to both RAF, Commonwealth and United States Army Air Forces.
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Spitfire on display in Blackpool