Dedication of the Langham Dome Spitfire. Saturday June 26th 2021
Our replica Supermarine Spitfire, initially erected last August, was dedicated to Richard Younghusband who was tragically killed when his Spitfire crashed at Langham in 1953.
Guy Martin, famous for his television programmes on all types of vehicles, whether it be planes, motorcycles or automobiles, carried out the unveiling of the engraved memorial plaque. Guy was flown to Norfolk from Lincolnshire by one of our Trustees, Henry Labouchere, in his Tiger Moth. After landing nearby they made the journey by road in Henry’s Austen Seven, this time with Guy at the controls. Henry looked a little alarmed at Guy’s gear crunching!
Originally planned for last summer, the ceremony finally took place on 26th June. The Government moved the date for Covid restrictions to be lifted to July, and it looked like being cancelled once again
Chairman, Patrick Allen discussed the situation with local MP Duncan Baker, and then the Cabinet Office who gave us permission to go ahead with the ceremony.
Lay preacher Professor Roger Bland performed the blessing on the day. The Reverend Ian Whittle had been forced to step down at the last minute, and Roger kindly stood in.
Invited guests arrived to be checked in by Ian Jarvis, one of our long standing Volunteers. The day was hosted by Chairman of the Friends of Langham Dome, Patrick Allen. Our grateful thanks to Guy and Professor Bland for their time on this special day.