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Reader Letter: Stealth bombers not welcome here

PUBLISHED: 14:22 11 June 2018 | UPDATED: 14:24 11 June 2018

The first F-35 B Lightning stealth aircraft piloted by Wing Commnder John Butcher touches down at RAF Marham. Picture: Ian Burt

The first F-35 B Lightning stealth aircraft piloted by Wing Commnder John Butcher touches down at RAF Marham. Picture: Ian Burt

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One reader is angry about the tendency to celebrate bomber planes. What do you think?

Not everyone shares the EDP’s delight in the arrival of the new stealth bombers to Marham and not all of us will be queuing to worship at this newly built shrine to violence and aggression though I’m sure many will revel in the spectacle. But what will this plane’s arrival mean to us living in the area?

Currently my village cowers beneath one of the main flight paths into the base and despite attempts and requests for some consideration in the past we still find our immensely loud neighbours playing with their toys at past 11 at night and at all times of the day right over our heads.

Why there is this belief that the jets will bring prosperity to the area I do not know. There is no sign of anything changing except the proliferation of houses and increasing pressure on services and facilities. The pot-holes increase in size and the verges flop into the road uncut — things appear to get worse unless you live inside the perimeter of RAF Marham where a world of unimaginable largesse exists.

Particularly galling is the sight from the road of the new offices for the technicians to use while keeping these F-35s in the air which are adorned with expensive-looking entrances designed to look like the stealth technology; £500m to upgrade the base and £100m apiece for the first 35 of these awful monsters — you do the maths!

I won’t be bowing down to honour these unimaginably violent machines’ arrival in our midst; I’ll be waiting for the racket to start and wishing I could be somewhere else for the next 40 years unless of course the new camp commander gives some thought to those of us subject to his desire to fill the Norfolk countryside with what the EDP blithely calls the “familiar roar of jet engines”.

Do you agree with our reader? Let us know in the comments below or write to us at edpletters@archant.co.uk

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