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Location: Trowbridge Town Hall, Market Street BA14 8EQ

Many people who live in and around Trowbridge may possibly be unaware of the fact that the town helped to build the iconic WWII Supermarine Spitfire fighter plane.

The Spitfire was originally built in Southampton, where Vickers-Supermarine Ltd’s factories were located. In the run-up to the Second World War, the Southampton facility was recognised as a likely target for bombing by the Luftwaffe, and thus the decision was made to disperse production.

Vickers-Supermarine chose five sites, two of which were based in Wiltshire; Trowbridge and Salisbury. The Luftwaffe did actually attack both these sites as well but not nearly as frequently or as hard as they could hit Southampton or London.

In 2016, the late filmmaker Ethem Cetintas made a documentary film entitled ‘The Secret Spitfires’, which featured Trowbridge’s involvement. As this event was so popular in September, a second screening has now been arranged. The event is a fundraiser for Alzheimer’s Support at £8 per ticket (to include cream tea). There will be a pre-film talk from Norman Parker and special guest, one of the original Trowbridge Spitfire Girls, Betty Potter. Also, there will be a 1940s theme, so be sure to dress up! Doors open at 1.30pm.

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