A group of King’s Lynn air cadets celebrated receiving the freedom of the borough at the weekend.
“It was amazing, one of the best days ever. I was so worried that something would go wrong, but the cadets were absolutely fantastic and it was their day,” said Flt Lt Pauline Petch of the 42F (King’s Lynn) Sqn.
“They worked so hard for it,” she added.
When she returned home, the pilot of the Dakota plane which gave a flypast on Saturday, telephoned.
“Someone asked if it went OK and I said it was fine, and he said we had looked very smart – it was actually the pilot, Wng Cmdr Mark McNulty. I was buzzing for the rest of the day.”
Spitfires take to the skies of Lynn
The skies over King’s Lynn are full of a squadron of West Norfolk Spitfires all marking a trail for visitors to the town.
The models lead people around the historic area and key buildings.
The iconic plane was chosen to mark both the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and the granting of the Freedom of the Borough to a squadron of air cadets.
The idea came from the commanding officer of the 42F (King’s Lynn) Squadron of the Air Training Corps Flt Lt Pauline Petch.
“We gave out 1,100 leaflets at the weekend for the trail and it’s been really well received. We sold 24 models and had only planned on ten, so it has been great,” she said.
“If we do it again, I already have some ideas on the go for next year. When we first started more than a year ago, I had an image that I created as to how it would look. When I saw the first Spitfires go up on the Tuesday Market Place it was exactly as I thought it would be and it looks great,” she said.
In an ironic twis, the original model of the Spitfire used to create the fibreglass versions, could only be found in Germany.
“It was really hard to find that size and I couldn’t speak German so it was certainly interesting,” she said.
Sponsors bought and decorated each of the models which will be auctioned off later in the year.