Spitfire looks set to soar again

John Coomes psoing with a Spitfire at Lytham wartime weekend 2011.

John Coomes psoing with a Spitfire at Lytham wartime weekend 2011.

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A REPLICA Spitfire looks set to get the go-ahead to take pride of place in a Fylde coast park.

Former council leader John Coombes is leading the Spitfire Memorial Project, which aims to see a full-size replica of a Mark 5B Spitfire built at Fairhaven Lake.

The plans are due to go before Fylde Council’s development management committee next week, and councillors are being recommended to give them the go-ahead.

The model aircraft will be an exact replica of the Lytham St Annes Spitfire, which was shot down off the Devon coast in 1942 while returning from escorting a bombing mission over France.

Pilot Sergeant Allan Lever-Ridings was killed, and the planning application also includes plans to install an electronic memorial screen and a wind turbine.

The recommendation to grant approval for the replica, which will be installed on a plinth in Fairhaven Gardens, around 10 metres from the Lake, comes despite three objections from local people.

Complaints include fears the memorial will attract late-night visitors and spark anti-social behaviour.

It is hoped the monument will be built in time for the 70th anniversary of the Spitfire’s crash, on June 24.