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Plans are on track for Moreton Hall plane sculpture

Pics from the Rougham air and classic car show held at the Rougham airfield.   Sally B.

Pics from the Rougham air and classic car show held at the Rougham airfield. Sally B.

Plans to install a commemorative plane sculpture on a Bury St Edmunds roundabout are in full flight after a council agreed to contribute half the funds.

Bury Town Council, in partnership with Bury In Bloom, is seeking to commission a metal work artist to create a feature on the ‘Flying Fortress’ roundabout on Moreton Hall, where Mount Road meets Lady Miriam Way, and has committed £10,000 towards the project.

The sculpture will centre on either a tail section, including rudder, or a scaled down version of a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress Bomber, which was flown at the nearby Rougham airfield, formerly a World War Two US Army Air Force base.

Melanie Lesser, Bury In Bloom co-ordinator, said: “It will be a substantial aircraft, but not full size.

“I’m really excited. I think it’s going to look fabulous, plus the fact that whole side of the town is thriving, to have a sculpture there will be brilliant.”

Two local blacksmiths have been given until the end of July to produce designs for the project, expected to cost at least £20,000. It is hoped the sculpture will be in situ by May 8, 2015, to mark 70 years since the end of the Second World War and will be lit up at night.

The chosen artist will also be required to create an accompanying interpretation board to be located near the roundabout for walkers to read.

Mrs Lesser is seeking match funding and is interested in hearing from families of those who served at the air base.

Call 01284 766955 or email melanie@buryinbloom.org.uk

 

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