Spitfire the star of exhibition

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A NEW exhibition celebrating the development and role of one of the most iconic British fighter planes has opened at Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre.

Using a combination of models, information boards, media and interactive displays, ‘Spitfires Over Montrose’ explores the part the Spitfire played in the Battle of Britain as well as in the life of the former RAF Montrose, which was a fighter pilot training school during the Second World War.

It also features a wealth of technical information about the 24 marks of Spitfire that were developed and produced between 1938 and 1946, and stories about some of the pilots who flew them as well as a recreation of a cockpit.

The exhibition has taken volunteer Kevan Dickin more than a month to pull together and opened as part of the first Angus Heritage Week, which runs until this Friday, although the centre’s management committee has decided to extend it into next year to coincide with the air station’s centenary.

Kevan said: “I’ve learned a lot myself doing this. For instance, I didn’t realise there were so many variations of Spitfire. It was intended for Heritage Week but due to its popularity and the fact we’ll be getting our own replica Spitfire next year we’ve decided to let it run.

“Its look and name have captured the public imagination and it’s just an incredibly beautiful aircraft.”

The centre is open until September 30, Wednesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm and every Sunday throughout the year, 12 noon to 4pm.