Eye airfield memorial heritage trail to be set up

Jackie Aling, member of the 490th Bomb Group Memorial Project.

Jackie Aling, member of the 490th Bomb Group Memorial Project. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

An organisation which worked for two years to install a permanent memorial for American servicemen, is raising money to fund a heritage trail.

The 490th Bomb Group Memorial Project are currently working on installing information boards and benches around the three mile trail at Eye Airfield, which will take people onto the runways using public footpaths which are already in place.

On the route, visitors will be able to take in hangers and buildings which remain from the time thousands of serviceman flew B-17 Flying Fotresses from the airfield during the Second World War.

Two shorter 1.5 mile routes will also be available.

Jackie Aling, a member of the memorial project, said: 'We are trying to make it available to older people. We are putting benches out and about so people can have a rest. For each of those benches there will be an information board to tell people what used to be there.

'Historically speaking it will mean quite a lot for people interested in local history and offers a rare opportunity to go on an old airfield.

'An awful lot of people will be able to do that walk.'

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A grant from Heritage Lottery Funding has helped to fund the trail and a permanent memorial found off Progress Way, which was unveiled during a dedication in May.

But the group still need to raise £6,000 towards the project which they hope will be completed in May 2017.

Leaflets detailing the route, which have been part funded by Suffolk County Council, will be available from shops and hotels around the area.

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