Here’s an interesting blast from the past concerning some leftfield local mythology. I was contacted in the week by reader Richard Stanley, who posed this interesting question:
Odd memory that came to me whilst watching a program about the Falklands, there was at one point the cockpit section of a Vulcan bomber sitting in a garden in Hammerwich. I didn’t believe myself for a while but I managed to find some photos to prove it was a actually there – see http://www.flickr.com/photos/24657845@N02/2433455130/
Do you or your readers know anything about it? I think it’s just the sort of curiosity you’d be interested in and would very much like to know what it was doing there, where it came from and the like?
P.S. On the military theme there was also once a tank sitting in a field near the junction of Barracks Lane and the A461?
Now I never actually witnessed this, but remember the buzz surrounding it, as does [Howmuch?], but neither of us have a clue what was going on, and it would be quite interesting to find out. There’s brief mention of it on the Iconic Aircraft Aviation Forum, but little else online regarding this curious event. As to the tank, not heard that one before, but I welcome contributions on the subject.
I do recall passing a front garden somewhere in the Saredon/Brewood/Penkridge type area in about 1988 that was a tribute to the Battle of Britain, complete with model spitfire and allsorts, but nothing like the cockpit pictured below.