The Secret Spitfire Memorial inauguration ceremony will take place tomorrow (9th July) at Hudsons Field.
The official inauguration of the new memorial will take place in the shadow of the replica fighter plane at the top of the pitches next to the rugby club on Castle Road.
The event is being attended by dignitaries from the armed forces including; Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston KCB CBE ADC, the Chief of the Air Staff who will represent the RAF and the Queen’s Colour Squadron and the Band of the RAF Regiment will be present to support the occasion, concluding with the Sunset Ceremony.
Chairman of the Secret Spitfire Charity, Chris Walley, said; “Whilst we are delighted that the Spitfire will finally be unveiled – and with great fanfare – we are of course bitterly disappointed that we are unable to welcome the wider public, who have been so generous in their support, to join us for celebrations at the Clubhouse following the Ceremony. We had hoped that the lifting of Covid restrictions would take place on 21st June, allowing us to do this, but sadly it was not meant to be. The immovable date of 9th July has long been confirmed, and we are inviting our biggest supporters to join us for the celebrations following the ceremony alongside those who served in the secret factories and their families. We plan to hold a yearly fundraiser, complete with live music, drinks and delicious grub every Summer to celebrate the Memorial and hope to see large numbers turn out next year.”
There will also be a flypast from a Spitfire at 6:30 pm meaning the familiar sound of the Merlin engine will once again fill the skies over Salisbury.
People are being advised to arrive by 5:30 pm and to bring their own seating and refreshments but are being warned that there is only limited parking at Hudsons field and there will be no toilet or refreshment facilities available. The event is not ticketed but there will be donation buckets to help support the Secret Spitfire Charity.
Those who wish to have the best view of the Spitfire flypast are advised to head to Old Sarum for 6:30 pm.
People are also being reminded that as covid restrictions still apply that those attending observe social distancing and avoid gathering in large groups and take advantage of the large open spaces available.