Cadets look forward to Spitfire unveiling

Grangemouth Air Cadets 1333 Squadron with their memorial Spitfire
Grangemouth Air Cadets 1333 Squadron with their memorial Spitfire

Air cadets are just days away from unveiling their Spitfire memorial to the world.

After five years of planning, fundraising and plain old hard work, the youngsters of Grangemouth 1333 Squadron will proudly unveil the full size replica Supermarine Spitfire Mark 1 to complete its mission to commemorate fallen World War Two pilots.

The memorial, located near Duke Street, just off Bo’ness Road, Grangemouth, also includes a garden and a wall with the names of the 71 trainee pilots who lost their lives serving with the town’s 58 Operational Training Unit.

The big day, which takes place from 11 a.m. on Thursday, will feature some of the air cadets treating onlookers to a dance performance, music from an RAF brass quintet and a fly past from Tayside Aviation.

Iain Mitchell, chairman of the Spitfire Memorial Trust, said: “This will be a magnificent memorial. It will remind young people of today and tomorrow of the sacrifice made by these pilots which helped to win the peace and freedom we all enjoy.”

The memorable day will end with a full civic reception at the Inchyra Hotel with a number of VIP guests in attendance.

The unveiling ceremony is open to all.