Former air station celebrates centenary

A street in Montrose could be named after the famous Spitfire, which was based at RAF Montrose during the Second World War.
A street in Montrose could be named after the famous Spitfire, which was based at RAF Montrose during the Second World War.

THE CENTENARY celebrations of Montrose’s former air station could be further enhanced by naming a street in the town after one of its most celebrated fighter aircraft.

At the time of going to press, members of Angus Council’s infrastructure services committee were set to agree proposals to name the main road through Broomfield Industrial Estate Spitfire Way, although businesses on the estate will be consulted first.

The idea was put forward by local councillors who approached the Air Station Heritage Centre for suggestions. Reference to the Spitfire was thought to be appropriate given that the centre intends to install a life-size replica aircraft as a new gate guardian next year to mark the base’s centenary and its main entrance is off the currently unnamed road.

In his report to the committee, infrastructure services director Eric Lowson said that the 35-40 businesses would have to be consulted in case the change incurred extra costs.

He said: “This can include costs arising from printing changes to correspondence letter heads, amending addressing information on company vehicles etc. This may amount to a significant cost to some of these businesses.”

Alan Doe, chairman of the Air Station Heritage Trust, said: “We’re pleased it has gone forward to committee, and it will help to point visitors in the right direction to us. We just felt it was appropriate.”

Councillor David May, who approached the heritage centre, said he is enthusiastic about the change of name.

“I’m delighted with what has been proposed and the timing is good in terms of the celebration next year. It will provide more focus for the centre and no-one would be in any doubt where it is.”