New design for the ‘Flying Fortress’ memorial sculpture in Bury St Edmunds

Proposed sculpture for Mount Road/ Lady Miriam Way roundabout
Proposed sculpture for Mount Road/ Lady Miriam Way roundabout

Planning consent is being sought for a revised design for the Mount Road/ Lady Miriam Way roundabout sculpture in Bury St Edmunds.

The previously-approved scheme was considered too ambitious with final costings coming in at almost £50,000, considerably more than the town council’s £10,000 budget for the project.

Blacksmith Nigel Kaines’ original design for the commemorative sculpture depicted a full size B17 Flying Fortress bomber tail with a ‘Dove of Peace’ - but the structural engineering needed to secure it proved too costly.

He has now scaled it down and, if planning permission is granted, it will feature a B17 bomber tail fin standing on a brick plinth with a dove emerging from inside it.

The Square A on the fin denotes the 94th Bomb Group which was stationed at Rougham Airfield, formerly a World War Two US Army Air Force base.

At its tallest point the metal sculpture will stand at 4.5 metres high and the hope is for it to be installed by May 2016.

Cllr Clive Springett, who first came up with the idea for the sculpture, said: “This has been in the pipeline with me for a number of years so I’m still really excited about it and desperately want it to come together for May next year.”