Spitfire engraving presented to people of Sunderland

The Mayor and Mayoress of Sunderland, Coun Barry Curran and his wife Carol, centre, with Deputy Council Leader Coun Harry Trueman, left, and RAF representatives, from left, Sgt Christopher Pudney of RAF Cosford, Squadron Leader Jayne Lindley, Fl Lt Dan Jonesof  RAF Careers and Sgt Scott Longmuir of RAF Cosford.
The Mayor and Mayoress of Sunderland, Coun Barry Curran and his wife Carol, centre, with Deputy Council Leader Coun Harry Trueman, left, and RAF representatives, from left, Sgt Christopher Pudney of RAF Cosford, Squadron Leader Jayne Lindley, Fl Lt Dan Jonesof RAF Careers and Sgt Scott Longmuir of RAF Cosford.
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A Spitfire engraving has been presented to the people of Sunderland by the RAF.

The iconic Spitfire in a Battle of Britain scene was created by thousands of rivets placed and fired by visitors at this year’s Sunderland International Airshow.

To mark the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain, the outline and silhouette for the Spitfire picture, which is three metres long (nearly 10ft) by two metres, was put together by technicians at RAF Cosford.

Flt Lt Dan Jones, from the North East RAF Careers office, said: “It could be called a gun engraving and what it shows is a very typical scene from the Battle of Britain. With all its thousands of rivets, it was made by the people of Sunderland at the Sunderland International Airshow, and so the RAF thought it deserved to be in the North East.

“In creating the engraving, everybody got to put a rivet in, and it was giving people an example of the sort of trades and work that can be experienced in the RAF.”

Flt Lt Jones said that Sunderland and the North East have always been strong recruitment areas for the RAF, because engineering and technology are recognised career opportunities.

He said: “Without the work of aircraft mechanics or general technicians and all their trade and engineering skills, it’s fair to say that nobody would be flying.

“These trades are essential to the maintenance of RAF operations.”

The presentation to the people of Sunderland was made by Sqn Ldr Jayne Lindley with Flt Jones, and Sgts Pudney and Longmuir.

The council is now looking for a suitable display area.