18 JULY UPDATE – TICKETS ARE SELLING FAST for this event and we expect the venue to be full, so to avoid disappointment on the night please do book your seats by following this link! https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-secret-spitfires-tickets-64137368596?***
We invite you to join us on 19 July at 7:30pm for the moving and powerful story of THE SECRET SPITFIRES that helped save Britain in the darkest days of the Second Word War.
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 South of England become a major centre for manufacturing Spitfires, hidden in sheds, garages, back gardens, a bus depots 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. 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 Vera Lynne 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 working on these magnificent machines. Ninety year old Norman was an engineer in the final assembly plant and historical adviser to the film.
THE SECRET SPITFIRES will be shown at The Assembly Room, Marlborough Town Hall, Marlborough, SN8 1AA. Doors open: 19:00. Film starts: 19:30. Approximate end time: 21:45.
Tickets £10, to include light snacks in the interval, are available online here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-secret-spitfires-tickets-64137368596?
There will be a cash bar at the event and light snacks will be served in the interval between the end of the film and the Q&A session.
This event is hosted by and is in support of Crofton Beam Engines, Kennet and Avon Canal Trust. www.croftonbeamengines.org Registered Charity: CC209206