King’s Lynn’s Tornado arts trail is a high-flying success

The Tornado Trail in King's Lynn Town Centre. Picture: Ian Burt

The Tornado Trail in King's Lynn Town Centre. Picture: Ian Burt

They have soared high above the streets of King's Lynn – though not quite so high as their full-sized counterparts.

But the 16 uniquely-decorated scale models of Tornados that have been dotted at elevated locations across the town, as part of an arts trail, will be taken down at the end of the month.

And organisers are urging visitors and residents alike to grab the chance to see them while they can.

Each model has been sponsored by a local business, and there are 24 display boards on the trail for people to discover more about the history of RAF Marham, which is celebrating its centenary with 100 different events this year.

The trail follows the format of last year's successful Spitfire trail in the town, and was again organised by Flt Lt Pauline Petch, of the 42F (King's Lynn) Air Cadets, with involvement from West Norfolk Council.

Flt Lt Pauline Petch said: 'I think about 9,000 leaflets have been produced, so it's been very successful again. I have seen a lot of families going around the trail, and we've had visitors from all over. We've even had a phone call from someone in New Zealand who wants to buy one of the models. We've not yet set a date when they will be auctioned off.'

A borough council spokesman said: 'The trail has been really successful again this year. The Tornados will be taken down on September 30, so people have about four weeks left to see them.'

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Trail maps are available from King's Lynn tourist information centre.

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