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Bury in Bloom's £10,000 fund-raiser to complete its ‘Flight of Peace’ project commemorating Flying Fortress B-17 bomber crews



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The co-ordinator of Bury in Bloom is hoping fund-raising can help finish off a project commemorating brave World War Two bomber crews who worked and flew out of a nearby RAF base, which is also celebrating its 80th anniversary this year.

David Irvine hopes the group, which was founded in 1986, can raise £10,000 to help finish the ‘Flight of Peace’ roundabout, which lays between Mount Road and Lady Miriam Way, in Bury St Edmunds.

The four-metre sculpture on the site, a dove of peace, was originally unveiled in 2016, with a five-pointed star around it filled in with white marble in December last year.

Bury in Bloom co-ordinator David Irvine on the Flight of Peace roundabout which was originally unveiled in 2016. Picture by Mark Westley
Bury in Bloom co-ordinator David Irvine on the Flight of Peace roundabout which was originally unveiled in 2016. Picture by Mark Westley

Now David hopes the project can be fully completed with the new fund-raising campaign.

He said: “It would be fantastic to do that, as not only is it the 80th anniversary of RAF Bury St Edmunds (now Rougham Airfield), Bury in Bloom is also working with Abbey 1000 this year and we have the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee as well.

“So to combine all of that together with this as well would be a really cool thing to do.”

Bury in Bloom is hoping to raise £10,000 to finish the project on the roundabout, called Flight of Peace, which was originally unveiled in 2016. Picture by Mark Westley.
Bury in Bloom is hoping to raise £10,000 to finish the project on the roundabout, called Flight of Peace, which was originally unveiled in 2016. Picture by Mark Westley.

The sculpture itself commemorates the American servicemen who flew and serviced Flying Fortress B-17 bombers from the base during the war.

The ‘A’ on the sculpture symbolises the 94th Bombardments Group, which flew 324 missions in the bombers from the airbase and were recognised by the letter A insignia on their tail fins.

David said: “We are hoping to lay 245 square metres of blue astroturf down around the star as a perfect background for the sculpture.

“It is a big project for us, which we hope will really underline the American connection to the base.

“We also hope that as well as generous people of the town, families of USAF servicemen will contribute to this lovely memorial as part of the 80th anniversary of RAF Bury St Edmunds.”

David that said if the fund-raising campaign was successful they hoped to unveil the finished project in June, and he said he would like to get RAF Mildenhall and other bases and station nearby involved.

On top of this, the group is also looking for a sponsor for the roundabout, as they have on others in the town.

If you wish to donate to the Flight of Peace Memorial fund-raiser, click here.

To find out about the work of Bury in Bloom or to discuss sponsoring one of the town’s roundabouts, go to buryinbloom.org.uk.