Spitfire sculpture unveiled in Darwen

A MEMORIAL to the Second World War Spitfire bought by the people of Darwen has been officially unveiled.

The large steel arm holding a model Spitfire - one-twelfth the size of a real one - commemorates the huge fundraising effort in the town, when £5,000 was raised by public subscription to buy the aircraft for the RAF.

It had been built by apprentice engineers from the town’s metal fabrication firm WEC and had taken more than two years to make.

The Spitfire was accepted into service in 1941 and lasted about six months. It is thought it was shot down somewhere over Holland.

The memorial was officially unveiled by Darwen MP Jake Berry in a ceremony attended by a number of local dignitaries, members of the Royal British Legion and the apprentices who had built it on Saturday, before wreaths were laid at the site as part of the town's Remembrance ceremony.

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9:10pm Sun 11 Nov 12

Darrens Delivery Service says...

Got to say it does look fantastic. Well done all the apprentices at W.E.C.
Got to say it does look fantastic. Well done all the apprentices at W.E.C. Darrens Delivery Service
  • Score: 4

10:03pm Sun 11 Nov 12

Darreners make sense says...

Something for Darwen to be proud of. Just need to ensure the usual scroats stay away from it with their spray paint/marker pens etc. great location for passing traffic and general public to keep a vigil. Loving it already.
Something for Darwen to be proud of. Just need to ensure the usual scroats stay away from it with their spray paint/marker pens etc. great location for passing traffic and general public to keep a vigil. Loving it already. Darreners make sense
  • Score: 4

10:44pm Sun 11 Nov 12

Councillor Duncan says...

It should be remembered that this was the brainchild of Tony Melia, the former leader of the For Darwen party. The company of WEC and their apprentices have done Darwen proud with yet another fantastic contribution to the town. Everyone passing through Darwen will be able to view this monument and hopefully a few will stop and hopefully shop.
It should be remembered that this was the brainchild of Tony Melia, the former leader of the For Darwen party. The company of WEC and their apprentices have done Darwen proud with yet another fantastic contribution to the town. Everyone passing through Darwen will be able to view this monument and hopefully a few will stop and hopefully shop. Councillor Duncan
  • Score: 2

12:27am Mon 12 Nov 12

carrman2 says...

can we have a picture please ?
can we have a picture please ? carrman2
  • Score: 5

12:32am Mon 12 Nov 12

Major Tom says...

Why Jake Berry?
Why didn't you ask somebody who cares about your town?
Why Jake Berry? Why didn't you ask somebody who cares about your town? Major Tom
  • Score: 4

8:27am Mon 12 Nov 12

A Darener says...

Well done to the apprentices and WEC!
Something to make Darwen proud once again.
Well done to the apprentices and WEC! Something to make Darwen proud once again. A Darener
  • Score: 2

10:44am Mon 12 Nov 12

ChiRho says...

Darrens Delivery Service wrote:
Got to say it does look fantastic. Well done all the apprentices at W.E.C.
Sounds like a good job, well done. But as there is no picture I will have to take your word for it...

When you see the word unveiled in a news item title I think it is reasonable to expect a picture of the "thing" that has been unveiled. :-s
[quote][p][bold]Darrens Delivery Service[/bold] wrote: Got to say it does look fantastic. Well done all the apprentices at W.E.C.[/p][/quote]Sounds like a good job, well done. But as there is no picture I will have to take your word for it... When you see the word unveiled in a news item title I think it is reasonable to expect a picture of the "thing" that has been unveiled. :-s ChiRho
  • Score: 1

10:46am Mon 12 Nov 12

A Darener says...

ChiRho wrote:
Darrens Delivery Service wrote:
Got to say it does look fantastic. Well done all the apprentices at W.E.C.
Sounds like a good job, well done. But as there is no picture I will have to take your word for it...

When you see the word unveiled in a news item title I think it is reasonable to expect a picture of the "thing" that has been unveiled. :-s
Buy a paper, it is in there.
[quote][p][bold]ChiRho[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Darrens Delivery Service[/bold] wrote: Got to say it does look fantastic. Well done all the apprentices at W.E.C.[/p][/quote]Sounds like a good job, well done. But as there is no picture I will have to take your word for it... When you see the word unveiled in a news item title I think it is reasonable to expect a picture of the "thing" that has been unveiled. :-s[/p][/quote]Buy a paper, it is in there. A Darener
  • Score: 0

10:46am Mon 12 Nov 12

A Darener says...

ChiRho wrote:
Darrens Delivery Service wrote:
Got to say it does look fantastic. Well done all the apprentices at W.E.C.
Sounds like a good job, well done. But as there is no picture I will have to take your word for it...

When you see the word unveiled in a news item title I think it is reasonable to expect a picture of the "thing" that has been unveiled. :-s
Buy a paper, it is in there.
[quote][p][bold]ChiRho[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Darrens Delivery Service[/bold] wrote: Got to say it does look fantastic. Well done all the apprentices at W.E.C.[/p][/quote]Sounds like a good job, well done. But as there is no picture I will have to take your word for it... When you see the word unveiled in a news item title I think it is reasonable to expect a picture of the "thing" that has been unveiled. :-s[/p][/quote]Buy a paper, it is in there. A Darener
  • Score: 0

10:51am Mon 12 Nov 12

Roy..Darwen says...

Major Tom wrote:
Why Jake Berry?
Why didn't you ask somebody who cares about your town?
I doubt very much you were ever a Major coming out with a comment like that.
[quote][p][bold]Major Tom[/bold] wrote: Why Jake Berry? Why didn't you ask somebody who cares about your town?[/p][/quote]I doubt very much you were ever a Major coming out with a comment like that. Roy..Darwen
  • Score: 1

1:04pm Mon 12 Nov 12

CapitaBackHander says...

It looks great.
Hope they catch them on cctv........
It looks great. Hope they catch them on cctv........ CapitaBackHander
  • Score: 0

12:32am Tue 13 Nov 12

english rose 1 says...

Sad Darwener wrote:
Such a shame Councillor Melia didn't take a little more pride in Darwen by tidying up the eyesore that was his plumbing business, before leaving it to deteriorate a couple of years ago!
...............Forme
r Councillor Melia !
[quote][p][bold]Sad Darwener[/bold] wrote: Such a shame Councillor Melia didn't take a little more pride in Darwen by tidying up the eyesore that was his plumbing business, before leaving it to deteriorate a couple of years ago![/p][/quote]...............Forme r Councillor Melia ! english rose 1
  • Score: 0

10:56am Tue 13 Nov 12

xrjxman says...

where abouts is it
where abouts is it xrjxman
  • Score: 0

11:12am Tue 13 Nov 12

A Darener says...

WEC say they are after suggestions for their next civic project. How about a scale model of a Darwen tram? This. could be sited somewhere on the main A666 where they used to run. Bringing history to life for the younger generation that have only Blackpool trams to see.
WEC say they are after suggestions for their next civic project. How about a scale model of a Darwen tram? This. could be sited somewhere on the main A666 where they used to run. Bringing history to life for the younger generation that have only Blackpool trams to see. A Darener
  • Score: 4

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