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Spitfire and spam sandwiches at Wisbech Armed Forces Day

A spitfire will be taking part in Wisbech's VE Day celebrations
A spitfire will be taking part in Wisbech's VE Day celebrations

A full size replica Spitfire will be touching down in Wisbech later this month as part of the town’s popular Armed Forces Day celebrations.

The Battle of Britain and VE Day anniversaries will be honoured during this year’s event, which will be held on the Market Square on Sunday, June 21, from noon.

Seventy-five years ago, a battle raged in the skies above Britain as the RAF and German forces fought for supremacy and to mark this anniversary a full size replica Spitfire will be in the town.

Wisbech had also purchased a Spitfire, which was named in honour of the town, during the war. Details of this particular aircraft will be available on the day.

To join in the VE Day celebrations, veterans and their contemporaries will be able to enjoy a packed lunch, which will include a Spam sandwich, to remember the street parties which sprung up after peace was declared in Europe. Tickets are required for this and will be available from Ray and Jan Hutchinson on 01945 584595.

Armed Forces Day is a chance to show your support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service

families, veterans and cadets.

There will be many other attractions on the day, including stalls from the local cadet Forces, a service recruiting team, the Royal British Legion, the Royal Air Forces Association, the Cambridgeshire Regiment, Fenland and West Norfolk Aviation Museum, Scotty’s Little Soldiers, Norfolk Owls and MacMillan Cancer Research.

There will also be rides from the Showman’s Guild, along with music by the Whittlesey Town Wind Ensemble and Thomas Clarkson Academy pupils.

Wisbech’s Armed Forces Day is supported by the Ministry of Defence, Wisbech Town Council, Cambridgeshire County Council and Vodafone.

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