£40,000 boost for Spitfire appeal

AN APPEAL to provide a lifesize replica Spitfire for Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre is set to benefit from a £40,000 grant from Angus Council.

Councillors are today (Thursday) expected to approve the application, which will allow the aircraft to be installed as the centre’s new “gate guardian” in time for next year’s celebrations marking the centenary of RAF Montrose’s foundation.

The funding will come from the council’s Survive and Thrive Cultural Heritage Tourism Scheme, a pot of £200,000 which was included in this year’s budget to assist visitor attractions in the county. Although the centre’s inclusion in the scheme was announced in February, details of its allocation were announced this week to members of the council’s neighbourhood services committee.

Recommending approval, director Ron Ashton said the funding would ensure “a fitting centrepiece” for the museum as a focus of the centenary celebrations which are planned to be of national significance.

Local councillor and committee member David May this week said the funding allocation has his full backing, commenting: “The air station has done huge amount of work in recent years to improve its facilities and this will be a fantastic centrepiece for the museum.”