Model Spitfires raise more than £3,000 for charity

The planes from the Spitfire Trail around King's Lynn were auctioned at Lynn Town Hall - Pauline Pet

The planes from the Spitfire Trail around King's Lynn were auctioned at Lynn Town Hall - Pauline Petch from King's Lynn Air Cadets with the spitfires. Picture: Matthew Usher.

A model Spitfire with a painting of wartime leader Winston Churchill on its wing sold for £525, as 15 of the glass fibre models whichmade up a colourful trail in King's Lynn all summer, were auctioned.

The planes from the Spitfire Trail around King's Lynn were auctioned off at Lynn Town Hall. This one

The planes from the Spitfire Trail around King's Lynn were auctioned off at Lynn Town Hall. This one, with a painting of wartime leader Winston Churchill on its wing, sold for £525.Picture: Matthew Usher.

Altogether, the 15 auctioned Spitfires raised £3,022 for various charities.

Twenty-four decorated Spitfires, each sponsored by local organisations and businesses, brightened up the historic part of Lynn from July to September.

The event was organised by air cadets from the 42F (King's Lynn) Squadron Air Training Corps, who received the Freedom of the Borough last year.

After they were taken down, some of the Spitfires were bought outright by the companies which sponsored them, and 15 went under the hammer at Lynn's town hall last night.

Flt Lt RAF Volunteer Reserve, training branch, Pauline Petch said: 'It was an absolutely fantastic night. We were amazed by the bidding. All 15 were sold.

'The highest price went to a model with a Winston Churchill painting on it. It was bought by a man who put in a sealed bid, who was not from the area.

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'But a man from the eastern region, Ian Stirling, bought the 'Super Trooper' model for £120. He said he was going to put it on the side of his house.

'And James Lee, the owner of Hanse House, bought three of the models. He is going to repaint them to use on other occasions, such as heritage days. The auctioneer was Fabian Eagle, from Swaffham, who normally auctions poultry.'

The auction was preceded by a 1940s night at the town hall.

The air cadets are replacing Spitfires with model Tornados for next year's arts trail.

The jet was chosen as 2016 will mark the centenary anniversary of RAF Marham, from which the air force's Tornado GR4 Force are flown.

Next year's trail will again be supported by West Norfolk Council.

What big event are you planning in Lynn next year? Email david.bale2@archant.co.uk