Making A Difference: Grangemouth Spitfire memorial sends local pride soaring

A year ago Grangemouth Air Cadets unveiled their finished Spitfire Memorial and became part of the town’s history.

A project which took over five years to complete, the full-size Spitfire replica was the last piece of a tribute to the pilots who lost their lives in World War Two while serving with Grangemouth’s 58 Operational Training Unit.

The Spitfire replica is the pinnacle of the project

The Spitfire replica is the pinnacle of the project

The memorial garden, located near site of the former airfield just off Bo’ness Road, includes the Spitfire, and a wall with all the names of the fallen pilots and the names and photographs of the air cadets who helped to honour their memories.

Former squadron commanding officer Flight Lieutenant Tom McMorrow said the life-changing project had not only transformed the section of land at Bo’ness Road, but also the cadets themselves, giving them a real sense of achievement and pride.

Flt Lt McMorrow added the Spitfire would look even better when floodlighting was installed beneath the aeroplane.

Making a Difference is the theme of this year’s Local Newspaper Week, running from May 12-18