Our WWII memorial: Replica bi-plane for Hadleigh roundabout

Our WWII memorial: Replica bi-plane for Hadleigh roundabout

Our WWII memorial: Replica bi-plane for Hadleigh roundabout

First published in Echo News by

A GROUP of aircraft fanatics have created a memorial to mark one of the most significant events of the past century.

The staff and members at Rules of Engagement, in Benfleet Road, have spent the past three weeks designing and building a lifesize replica of a First World War plane, to commemorate 100 years since the start of the Great War this summer.

The bi-plane, which measures 10m by 6m and is made of scrap metal, will be placed in the middle of the Vic House Corner roundabout so the rest of the town can enjoy it.

Robert Drury, joint manager of Rules of Engagement, which sells airsoft guns, in Hadleigh, said the staff took great pride in creating the plane.

He added: “It looks fantastic, considering we only started building it at the start of the month. It’s an idea we’ve been mulling over since the start of the year, but it only came into being after we put our heads together.

“The only item we had to buy was the propeller, because we picked up the tyres from a local breakers yard.”

The staff enlisted its members, with the society’s oldest member, aged 86, also helping out.

Children as young as six helped to paint the bi-plane.

The store has been given permission by EssexCounty Council to put the plane on the roundabout and it will be moved to the Airsoft Plantation, in Goatsmoor Lane, Billericay, afterwards.

As the plane is so big, the company is still working out how it can be moved into position on the roundabout.

Mr Drury added: “The feedback from the community has been really positive as everyone acknowledges this is an occasion which needs to be remembered.

“If people want to talk to us about it they are more than welcome to drop in and have a chat.”

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8:00am Sat 1 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

What a fantastic effort, looking forward to seeing it.
What a fantastic effort, looking forward to seeing it. carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 12

9:00am Sat 1 Mar 14

Noteworthy says...

WWI in the headline not WWII

Thought a new Editor might have changed things at the Echo!
WWI in the headline not WWII Thought a new Editor might have changed things at the Echo! Noteworthy
  • Score: 6

9:29am Sat 1 Mar 14

joe2345 says...

This is much better than the cycling sculpture. They got the community and kids involved in building it, and it didn't cost the taxpayer £50,000. Can't wait to see it on the roundabout, pity it can't stay there.
This is much better than the cycling sculpture. They got the community and kids involved in building it, and it didn't cost the taxpayer £50,000. Can't wait to see it on the roundabout, pity it can't stay there. joe2345
  • Score: 11

9:57am Sat 1 Mar 14

Letmetryagain says...

I look forward to seeing it.

Although I still don't see the reason behind commemorating the start of WWI.

The end maybe, but why the start ?
I look forward to seeing it. Although I still don't see the reason behind commemorating the start of WWI. The end maybe, but why the start ? Letmetryagain
  • Score: -3

10:07am Sat 1 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Letmetryagain wrote:
I look forward to seeing it.

Although I still don't see the reason behind commemorating the start of WWI.

The end maybe, but why the start ?
The whole country is remembering the start of the Great War, WW1, 1914-1918
from the BBC to the planting of millions of poppies, events throughout the year, your dimwit comments just go to show the ignorance,of a few...
[quote][p][bold]Letmetryagain[/bold] wrote: I look forward to seeing it. Although I still don't see the reason behind commemorating the start of WWI. The end maybe, but why the start ?[/p][/quote]The whole country is remembering the start of the Great War, WW1, 1914-1918 from the BBC to the planting of millions of poppies, events throughout the year, your dimwit comments just go to show the ignorance,of a few... carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: -1

10:11am Sat 1 Mar 14

Sweet P says...

Whatever goes on the roundabout it cannot look worse than the silly biker!!
Whatever goes on the roundabout it cannot look worse than the silly biker!! Sweet P
  • Score: -2

11:01am Sat 1 Mar 14

bob7 says...

Maybe it can also be used to advertise the Southend Airshow.
Great idea, good way to teach the youngsters about our history too.
Maybe it can also be used to advertise the Southend Airshow. Great idea, good way to teach the youngsters about our history too. bob7
  • Score: 4

1:33pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Kim Gandy says...

Letmetryagain wrote:
I look forward to seeing it.

Although I still don't see the reason behind commemorating the start of WWI.

The end maybe, but why the start ?
Because, whether we like it or not, it happened for four years between 1914 and 1918 with two million deaths as a result.

Many of them went off to war before they were even 16 and were blown to smithereens, gassed or suffered shell shock for the rest of their lives.

Some "lucky" ones came back reasonably intact including my grandad. However, he never spoke about his experiences, like many veterans.

I am sure if you had a great grandfather or uncle in WWI you would not want their bravery and fortitude to be forgotten.

We must NEVER forget those who died for us - and the ones who came back. They all deserve our respect.

And remembering them serves as a reminder of the futility of war and hopefully something on this scale will never happen again, God forbid.

If half the obnoxious little creeps that roam the streets these days had been put in that situation, they wouldn't have had time for setting fire to cars, beating up grannies, doing drugs, stealing, reckless driving, launching hate campaigns and all the other vile things these morons do.

They could never hold a candle to the brave boys and girls that went out to those rat infested fleapit trenches which they survived in for four years in mud and squalor, surrounded by the dead bodies of their friends, up to their necks in water and freezing in the winter. Some of them even slept standing up to avoid the damp and rats, which still got at them anyway.. And I mention the girls - the brave nurses that tended the wounded in field hospitals, ambulance drivers and such.

These are young people whose boots they would never be fit to lick.

It is what has happened SINCE the two World Wars that has appalled me.

If my grandfather and his war "pals" could see the state of this country today, they would wonder why they'd bothered.

However, this is brilliant... what a fantastic gesture. And something that got the community involved too.

It restores your faith in humanity that there are people like these, prepared to stand up for our history and heritage and remember those who so enriched this country by their sheer bravery and resolution.

What a pity we don't have their kind among us now, en masse. If we did, things would be a whole lot different.
[quote][p][bold]Letmetryagain[/bold] wrote: I look forward to seeing it. Although I still don't see the reason behind commemorating the start of WWI. The end maybe, but why the start ?[/p][/quote]Because, whether we like it or not, it happened for four years between 1914 and 1918 with two million deaths as a result. Many of them went off to war before they were even 16 and were blown to smithereens, gassed or suffered shell shock for the rest of their lives. Some "lucky" ones came back reasonably intact including my grandad. However, he never spoke about his experiences, like many veterans. I am sure if you had a great grandfather or uncle in WWI you would not want their bravery and fortitude to be forgotten. We must NEVER forget those who died for us - and the ones who came back. They all deserve our respect. And remembering them serves as a reminder of the futility of war and hopefully something on this scale will never happen again, God forbid. If half the obnoxious little creeps that roam the streets these days had been put in that situation, they wouldn't have had time for setting fire to cars, beating up grannies, doing drugs, stealing, reckless driving, launching hate campaigns and all the other vile things these morons do. They could never hold a candle to the brave boys and girls that went out to those rat infested fleapit trenches which they survived in for four years in mud and squalor, surrounded by the dead bodies of their friends, up to their necks in water and freezing in the winter. Some of them even slept standing up to avoid the damp and rats, which still got at them anyway.. And I mention the girls - the brave nurses that tended the wounded in field hospitals, ambulance drivers and such. These are young people whose boots they would never be fit to lick. It is what has happened SINCE the two World Wars that has appalled me. If my grandfather and his war "pals" could see the state of this country today, they would wonder why they'd bothered. However, this is brilliant... what a fantastic gesture. And something that got the community involved too. It restores your faith in humanity that there are people like these, prepared to stand up for our history and heritage and remember those who so enriched this country by their sheer bravery and resolution. What a pity we don't have their kind among us now, en masse. If we did, things would be a whole lot different. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 2

8:52am Sun 2 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Perhaps they could also build a red triplane, buried nose first in the ground, with this Victorious Royal Flying Corps, SE5 roaring overhead, after all we were the Victors..
Perhaps they could also build a red triplane, buried nose first in the ground, with this Victorious Royal Flying Corps, SE5 roaring overhead, after all we were the Victors.. carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 2

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