It took all day, but the Fylde coast's Spitfire is flying high once more

After an eight month refurbishment featuring a safety check, spring cleaning and a re-paint job, the replica of the wartime Spitfire paid for by resident's donations is back at Fairhaven.

Tuesday, 23rd July 2019, 6:02 pm
The Spitfire is lowered into position

The volunteers from the Lytham St Annes Spitfire Ground Display team carried out the maintenance at their Hangar 42 aviation museum at Blackpool Airport before it was transported back to its pole near the boating lake and craned into position with the help of Wareing’s Buildings of Wrea Green

The full-sized model is transported to the site
Guiding it into position

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People gather to watch the heavy lifting
Putting the propellers into place
Onlookers enjoyed an afternoon in the sunshine
John Coombes from the volunteers' group makes adjustments to the pilot. The original was flown bySgt Alan Lever Ridings of 19 Squadron during the Second World War
The operation attracted around 300 people throughout the day
The wings being fitted into place.
The original Spitfire was shot down on June 23 1942 when 19squadron was escorting bombers on a raid to France. They were attacked by German Focke Wulf 190 fighters and sadlypilot Alan Lever Ridings, aged20, did not return.
The replica was put up there in August 2012 and cost around 8,000, the funding being raisedby volunteers. Now the team are hoping that Fylde Council will adopt it as a memorial.
John Coombes said: The possibility of the council taking over the stewardship of the memorial will be a great help and assists our volunteers in their efforts of developing the Hangar 42 Spitfire Visitor Centre project at Blackpool Airport, we hope it is onwards and upwards from here on