Stamford Spitfire

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Reference WMO/263182


Town Hall

St Mary's Hill




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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Attached to a building/structure
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
  • Glass Glass
  • Metal Brass
  • Paper Paper
  • Timber Timber (any)
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: Silver plated brass plaque with incised inscription and some red lettering. Top centre is a W emblem. Partly illuminated paper scroll mounted in a glazed wooden frame with the details of the fundraising effort and the plaque. There is an accompanying model of the Spitfire on a small wooden base.
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Board: The Stamford War Time Spitfire/ In 1940 Stamford decided to buy its own Spitfire -/ a marker board was put on our Central Cinema/ The Target to reach was £5,000 - which in 1940 -/ was a lot of money - The Collection boxes went into/ every Shop - Banks - Public Houses - all the Local/ Firms - we had Whist Drives and Dances -/ We watched with great interest - the Marker on the Board - until it had reached £5,000 -/ Then later - our own Spitfire with the Stamford/ Crest on its body - flew low over the Town in/ thanks for all our effort./ A Plaque was presented to the Town of Stamford/ by the Ministry of Aircraft Production./ 'In the Hour of Peril'/ People of Stamford and District/ Earned the Gratitude/ of the British Nations/ Sustaining the Valour of the/ Royal Air Force/ and Fortifying the cause of Freedom/ by the Gift of a Spitfire Aircraft./ Betty Clark. Plaque: IN THE HOUR OF PERIL/ PEOPLE OF STAMFORD AND DISTRICT EARNED THE/ GRATITUDE OF THE BRITISH NATIONS SUSTAINING THE/ VALOUR OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE AND FORTIFYING THE/ CAUSE OF FREDOM BY THE GIFT OF SPITFIRE AIRCRAFT/ THEY SHALL MOUNT UP WITH WINGS AS EAGLES/ ISSUED BY THE MINISTRY OF AIRCRAFT PRODUCTION,/ 1941

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