Silloth Tourism Action Group (STAG) are arranging a ‘Celebration Evening’ to mark the end of the Silloth Airfield Project, funded by Heritage Lottery in March 2014. The event will be held in the Solway Community Technology College on 24th April 2015 at 7.00pm. All welcome
A live 40s Big Band, Cumberland Hot Shots will provide music, and refreshments will be available. Also during the evening, STAG are pleased to present the following:
- A drama about the Airfield performed by pupils from the College
- A short Film (covering Silloth Airfield’s use and significance during WW2 and stories from those who served there,
- The Silloth Airfield Website –https://sillothairfield.wordpress.com/(still in development)
- A diorama of Silloth Airfield and model planes from WW2
- Exhibition of Airfield Artefacts
- Exhibition of information and photos
- Simulator (specially written to land a WW2 ‘Beaufighter’ on Runway 21, Silloth Airfield)
Members of the audience will receive a newly designed leaflet describing the airfield’s history and significance and a souvenir ‘heritage style’ programme for the celebration event. Items from the WW2 era will be displayed and the Solway Aviation Museum will also have a table display.
The hope is that the current project will lead to further action to preserve the history of the airfield and bring new visitors to Silloth, where they can also share in the town’s many other attractions.
STAG hopes people who are interested can come along and celebrate the airfield’s heritage with them.
Silloth Tourism Action Group (STAG)
Project Background ‘Sharing Heritage: Silloth: The Impact of War’
This exciting heritage project, ‘Silloth: The Impact of War’ led by Silloth Tourism Action Group (STAG) was given £9,600 in March 2014, for a project to research the history of Silloth Airfield and community memories of the town’s wartime years, in order to preserve this rich information for future generations.
Volunteers have participated in the project and have gathered detailed information, letters and photographs. People who were themselves involved at the airfield or family members who have listened to anecdotes from their relatives, have shared memories of the time, The project has looked at the history of the airfield, built just before the start of WW2 in preparation for defence of the country. It has also noted the influx of airmen and civilian personnel from all over the UK and allied countries, how Silloth accommodated the many airmen who arrived in the town during World War 2, what aircraft were used, how pilots were trained, the planes used, airfield buildings, defences, air accidents and the area of the Solway that became known locally as ‘Hudson Bay,’ where many aircraft crashed into the sea, sadly resulting in loss off life for some airmen, many of whom are now buried in Causewayhead Cemetery. In addition, the project has covered the decommissioning of the aircraft and the legacy of the airfield, including the arrival of new businesses. A number of formats are being used to tell the story of the airfeld, eg. film, drama, exhibitions, and a new website, even a simulator with a specially written programme allowing a Beaufighter to land at Runway 21, Silloth Airfield.
STAG and the project co-ordinator, Anna Malina, who is also the Community Engagement Officer for Silloth Green, agree that the initiative has been an exciting one that acknowledges the importance of Silloth Airfield during the last world war and its impact on the local community and the people who served there. The hope is that while this funded project is now coming to an end, it will mark the beginning of a new interest in the airfield and renewed efforts to preserve its rich history.
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About Silloth Tourism Action Group (STAG)
STAG works inclusively and in partnership with others to promote and regenerate tourism in Silloth. Supplementing the many events already run by dedicated community organisers in Silloth, STAG are striving to organise new events and are also exploring tourism opportunities offered by the town’s long and extremely rich heritage. The group strives to work closely with Silloth Town Council and other organisations to achieve common aims
1Sharing Heritage is for any not-for-profit group wanting to explore their community’s heritage. With a commitment from HLF of £3m each year, Sharing Heritage grants between £3,000 and £10,000 are available to groups who want to discover their local heritage. Projects can cover a wide spectrum of subject matter from exploring local archaeology and a community’s cultures and traditions to identifying and recording local wildlife and protecting the surrounding environment to managing and training volunteers, and holding festivals and events to commemorate the past.
Heritage Lottery Fund
Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK and help build a resilient heritage economy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported almost 36,000 projects with £5.9bn across the UK. www.hlf.org.uk. Images available on request.
For further information, images and interviews, please contact
Anna Malina, Project Co-ordinator. eMail: firstname.lastname@example.org Mobile: 07900922818.