ARBROATH’S ‘Red Lichtie’ Spitfire and the efforts of local people who helped raise money to buy the aircraft during the Second World War will be remembered in a special day of thanks and commemoration in the town on Sunday.
As people throughout the country hold Battle of Britain Remembrance services, Arbroath and Area Partnership and Angus Council will remember and celebrate the local effort which helped the ‘Wings for Victory’ appeal to buy the Spitfire.
From 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., celebratory events will be held in the harbour area at the Visitor Centre, the Lifeboat Shed and at the Signal Tower Museum
At 1 p.m., as part of an ecumenical service at the Signal Tower Museum, there will be the unveiling of two plaques.
Angus Provost Helen Oswald will unveil a plaque to mark the 200th anniversary of the building of the Bell Rock Lighthouse and completion of the Signal Tower Shore Station and to commemorate those involved with the construction. The creation of the plaque, commissioned by the Institution of Civil Engineers, was driven by Professor Roland Paxton MBE FRSE, the chairman of the Panel for Historical Engineering Works in Scotland and an expert on the history of the lighthouse.
Provost Oswald commented: “I am honoured to have the privilege to unveil this plaque which remembers all the people who worked so hard, and in some cases gave their lives, to create this historic lighthouse, still regarded as an engineering wonder.”
Squadron Leader Jonathon Greenhowe RAF will unveil a refurbished ‘Wings for Victory’ plaque commemorating the efforts of the people of Arbroath to fund-raise for a Spitfire aircraft for the war effort.
At 1.30 p.m., Arbroath’s lifeboat is planning to launch on exercise, reflecting the support that the boat gave to many in the past, saving many lives and helping during incidents at the Bell Rock Lighthouse.
And at 2 p.m., there will be a fly-past display by a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire Mk XIX. This aircraft is based at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire and will perform a full display over the water between the Signal Tower Museum and Gayfield Park, with the day culminating in a fly-past by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Dakota.
For further details of Arbroath Spitfire story visit http://www.thearbroathspitfire.com.