Alan Matlock posted on Facebook 3rd November 2021
“Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end… But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning…”
We took our case to the Planning Panel and made them very aware that they were voting on flawed ‘evidence’ but in the end they had to approve, or not, based on the application and the reports they had received and sadly the vote went against us.
It wasn’t unanimous and we’re grateful to those who spoke in support and the one Councillor who voted against the application. Grateful too for the comments from one of the Panel who sought us out afterwards and was practically apologising for having voted to approve.
We may well have found some allies for future battles and the plans of the Spitfire Makers Charitable Trust to place commemorative plaques at the sites of what we know to be over 30 places within Southampton (and many more beyond) where Spitfires continued to be made after the main factories were put out of action.
Some, like the Flight Shed, are still standing but also under threat. They may have been tiny by comparison but they all had a role in producing the parts to be put together in the Supermarine Assembly Hangars at Southampton Airport before they were tested in the Flight Shed
That one unique site on the Planning Panel’s agenda yesterday, the Original Spitfire Flight Shed, will now, due to a “mitigation” clause in the application, have an information board erected nearby to explain the significance of what used to be there!
It may not be the end of the campaign however… We’ve been battered and beaten up but we’re still airborne and we’re not bailing out quite yet!
Lots to ponder and consider about future tactics and targets before we return to base…I feel so sorry we didn’t manage to put a halt to this demolition madness and can’t quite bring myself to break this news to all you wonderful, equally angry people who have signed, and are still signing, this petition. As I write this we are just ONE signature short of 50,000!
And it’s now 50,009! Brilliant!
Thanks to you all and please check out this Spitfire Makers Facebook page for any further updates: @spitfiremakers
Posted by Alan Matlock on Facebook 10th November 2021
History in his hands…
Don Smith, Spitfire Makers’ Honorary President, proudly holds a commemorative plaque destined for the building which, as a 14 year old apprentice, he helped prepare for the production of Spitfire parts.
The cast aluminium plaque, made by Leander Fabrications, arrived in Southampton today and it was fitting that Don was the one to unpack it and the first to see it.
Spitfire Makers have identified the location of over 30 Spitfire production sites across Southampton and many more beyond.
If you would like more information about these and how you can sponsor a plaque please go to www.spitfiremakers.org.uk
Posted by Robert Stidworthy on Facebook 11th November 2021
“Lest we Forget”
Poppy Crosses were put at Supermarine Locations in Southampton to Honour the “Supermarine Fallen, and at the Cemeteries they were buried.
At Peartree Green, Hazel Road Woolston ( Itchen Works ) and at Spitfire Court ( near Woolston Works ) And at Hollybrook Cemetery , South Stoneham Cemetery & St. Mary Extra Cemetery & West End Cemetery
A Few photos of some of the graves of the Supermarine Fallen are included –
” Peggy Moon ” ( Girl in Green )
” Philip Thorne “
” John Hughes”
They were placed there by me on behalf of :-“Spitfire Makers Charitable Trust “” Solent Sky Museum “” The Supermariners “” Southampton Roundel of the Spitfire Society”