THE SECRET SPITFIRES
Kennet Valley Hall, Overton Road, Lockeridge, Marlborough, SN8 4EL
7:00 for 7:30pm, Sunday 22 September 2019
We have arranged another opportunity to see The Secret Spitfires, the moving and powerful story of ordinary people who helped save Britain in WW2
In 1940, the Germans succeed in destroying the Spitfire factories in Southampton, believing they have ended the threat from their nemesis. But unknown to them, the British decide to build Spitfires in secret. Rural Towns and cities in the South of England become a major centre for manufacturing Spitfires, hidden in sheds, garages, back gardens, a bus depot and even a hotel. With a workforce mainly made up of unskilled young girls, boys, women, elderly men and a handful of engineers, thousands of Spitfires were built, becoming instrumental in winning the war.
Witnesses account this never before told story of amazing achievement, recounting times of terrible sadness as well as joyous times that include GI’s, a Glen Miller concert and a Joe Louis boxing match. It’s set against a backdrop of picturesque English countryside, the RAF pilots who fly them today and of course, the iconic Spitfires themselves. This incredible story concludes with Dame Vera Lynn reciting a moving poem written by a Spitfire pilot.
We invite you to join us for a screening of this moving and powerful story together with a Question and Answer session afterwards with Norman Parker, one of the last Spitfires engineers who worked on these magnificent machines. Ninety year old Norman was an engineer in the final assembly plant and historical adviser to the film.
Tickets are £10.00 each via Eventbrite, to include light refreshments –
Please bring your Eventbrite ticket for entry to the venue. There will be a cash bar at the event. Doors open: 19:00. Event Starts: 19:30. Approximate end time: 22:00
This event is hosted by and is in support of Crofton Beam Engines, Kennet and Avon Canal Trust. www.croftonbeamengines.org Registered Charity: CC209206