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SPITFIRE BACK FOR MEMORIAL.

Byline: Sophie Cross

A SPITFIRE lovingly created from thousands of authentic parts is coming to Birmingham to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Britain.

Aircraft enthusiast Terry Arlow worked on the iconic fighter plane for 25 years.

And it will be in Birmingham from Thursday and throughout this weekend to commemorate the end of the devastating Second World War air campaign, which finished on October 31, 1940.

The Mk IX Spitfire will form the centrepiece of a Battle of Britain tribute t the Antiques For Everyone fair at the National Exhibition Centre.

Also on display will be paintings of the devastation caused by the Blitz by war artist William Ware and a 'Bren Gun' - a lightweight machine gun - used as anti-aircraft artillery.

The Spitfire is one of the few surviving aircrafts of its type and will be brought to the region - which has a proud heritage of producing the planes at its wartime factory in Castle Bromwich - especially for the event.

Terry said: "Remembering the sacrifice that was made on our behalf all those years ago is still very important.

"I'm delighted to be displaying the Mark IX Spitfire which represents something of the 'Blitz Spirit' and the historic battle which took place over our cities."

Show director Tiffany Pritchard said: "We are so pleased to be commemorating the 70th anniversary of this historic conflict.

"Once described as 'one of the decisive battles of the war' by Sir Winston Churchill, we are keeping the memory of the event alive and paying tribute to all those who took part."

Antiques For Everyone features more than 350 specialist dealers exhibiting more than 100,000 items of fine art and antiques, with a vast array of items for sale.

The event will be held in the NEC's halls 17 to 19. Tickets cost pounds 10 in advance or pounds 12 on the day, including free parking and a visitor guide.

For advance bookings call 0844 581 0827 or visit www.antiquesforeveryone.co.uk

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Stunning: The Mk IX Spitfire which has been lovingly restored by Terry Arlow over the past 25 years.
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