Silloth Tourism Action Group (STAG) Hudson Planter to commemorate Silloth Airfield
Silloth Airfield, located 1 mile (1.6 km) north-east of Silloth, opened in June 1939, just before the start of WW2 and closed on 31 December 1960. In 2014, Silloth Tourism Action Group (STAG) were allocated funds by Heritage Lottery to tell the story of the airfield during the war years and preserve its rich history. Much was achieved (see https://sillothairfield.wordpress.com)
The old aerodrome is still in use, providing space for commercial businesses and a Sunday Market. To celebrate the town’s involvement in WW2 and support ‘in bloom’, STAG are designing a permanent planting structure based on the shape of a WW2 Hudson plane. The planter will be made of stainless steel with solid hull underneath and banked at an angle to provide good views of the flowers. STAG will fund the project and use funds donated by the family of a former aero engineer, Rex Morris, who served at 22MU Silloth during the War.