Fylde’s Spitfire team landing at new home

Lytham St Annes Spitfire Display team move exhibits into their new hangar at Blackpool Airport
Lytham St Annes Spitfire Display team move exhibits into their new hangar at Blackpool Airport
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Work is progressing on the Fylde Coast’s newest museum project despite showbusiness getting in the way.

Aircraft enthusiasts from the Lytham St Annes Spitfire Display Team have moved the first of their exhibits into their new home at Blackpool airport.

The group are hoping to create a huge tourist attraction and educational facility at Squires Gate with an authentic Second World War aircraft hangar.

The group has had a busy year with a host of events to attend, with it being the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and VE Day - including the huge BBC TV show VE Day A Party To Remember, starring Fylde coast tenor Alfie Boe.

John Coombes of the LSASDT, one of the project’s leaders, said: “If we can get everything the way we want, it should be a great tourist draw for Blackpool and South Shore in particular.

“The Fylde Coast Museum of Aviation and Aircraft Manufacturing will be something to add to the visitor attractions in the area and an added attraction for the airport.

“It is going to take a lot of work but we are confident. We aim to transform Hanger 42 into an authentic Second World War aircraft hangar.

“We will have three spitfires and a hurricane on display, other vehicles and historical items and with a cafe that serves up authentic period food.

“‘Vicky’ is our Battle of Britain Mark II Spitfire who arrived at Blackpool this week, ready to take part in this weekend’s Preston Armed Forces Day. The last of our aircraft, a Mark I Hawker Hurricane, will arrive later this month to complete the line up.

“We want to link closely with local schools and aim to compliment the National Curriculum and their history letters.

“It will be a bit of living history for the students. Some of our group have been out and about visiting schools but if we can have schools visiting us it will take the pressure off them and improve the experience for the children.

“The display team has been very busy this year. The VE Day show at Horse Guards Parade in London with Alfie Boe was fantastic. We had one of our Mark IX Spitfires ‘Lucy’ there on the stage.

“We have been involved in filming a period drama in Blackpool last week and we have been working with Jools Holland.

“We did some work on Foyle’s War last year and worked on the Land Girls filming.

“Our living history museum will look like a film set.

“But we need support from local people and local businesses. We need people to come forward to offer their help.”

The museum is aiming to raise £100,000. Readers can donate online by visiting www.gofundme.com and searching for the Fylde Coast Museum of Aviation.