Red Lichtie replica unveiled by Earl of Wessex

Pictured with the Red Lochtie spitfire at Montrose Air Heritage base are Georgina Ogilvy, Harry Sinpson and Cheryl Stewart.

Pictured with the Red Lochtie spitfire at Montrose Air Heritage base are Georgina Ogilvy, Harry Sinpson and Cheryl Stewart.

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A replica of Arbroath’s Red Lichtie spitfire was been officially unveiled by His Royal Highness the Earl of Wessex at an event last week.

The aircraft was purchased as part of the ‘Wings for Victory’ campaign during the Second World War. In March, 1942, the people of the town donated £5,000 towards the cost of the aircraft which carried the name ‘Red Lichtie’.

And just last year a number of events were held in the town to mark the Spitfire’s 70th anniversary.

A replica of the Red Lichtie is now on show at Montrose Air Heritage base, which was visited by Prince Edward on Friday lunchtime.

And while at the museum, the Prince officially unveiled the replica as well as taking a tour of the air station and meeting with local people.

Purchase of the full size model was made possible thanks to the fund-raising efforts of local people as well as a grant from Angus Council.

The Earl also unveiled a plaque at the air base to mark its centenary celebrations taking place this year.