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The new Public Information Board celebrating those 'Magnificent Men' of early flight at Filey

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Click on thumbnail to view imageOn 4th June 2011, a new Public Information board about the historic Blackburn Flying School and early flight at Filey was unveiled. Situated at the south end of the Filey New Sea wall overlooking the site of these early ventures, the Board captures the story and the spirit of those early years of adventure.  In a genuinely warm and happy ceremony framed by the sweep of Filey Bay, the daughters of Robert Blackburn, Sarah Douglas and Jani Rayn unveiled the Information Board with the Filey Bay Initiative, local and borough Councillors and members of the public in attendance. 

Click on the thumbnails below, the pictures are by kind permission of Aileen Newbury

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Aileen Newbury talks to Sarah Douglas with Councillor John Blackburn  to her right while the Filey Town Council Mayor  Richard Walker looks on.
            Sarah Douglas and Jani Rayn unveil  the new Information Board


In addition, a permanent display of a replica Mercury monoplane has been commissioned from local craftsmen, Chris Robinson and Neil Jenkinson. Elevated in a prominent position at the beginning of the New Sea Wall at the bottom of Crescent Hill, this display marks the achievements of the celebrated pioneer of early flight, Robert Blackburn.

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In the pictures above, craftsman Chris Robinson fixes the replica of the Mercury aircraft in place.


The new information board by Adrian Berry Associates provides graphic information about those 'Magnificent Men' who paved the way in the development of early flight. The funding for the project was boosted by 2891 from the LEADER programme, 2000 from North Yorkshire County Council, and grants from Filey's Town Council, and Scarborough Council.  The Project was managed by the Filey Bay Initiative, and chairman of the Initiative Aileen Newbury declared that  this is a magnificent triumph for the town.  "It has been a long haul but it has been worth it because it will form an impressive attraction for both local people and visitors to the town".

The project will also be benefiting from a Royal Aeronautical Society commemorative plaque (like to the Blue Plaque scheme) later in the year to mark the scheme's historical credence.


Filye flying Information Board


The new board in detail


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The  Information Board looking over the site of the early flights on the beach


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