Return flight for historic silverware

Historic silverware – which had been kept in the Town Hall for nearly 50 years – will be returned to the Royal Air Force this week.

The items were handed over to the Town Hall in 1957 for safekeeping after the squadron – No 611 – disbanded.

Wing Commander Gavin Hellard was reading up on the history of the Squadron when he realised the silverware might still exist, and, thanks to the quality of records kept by City staff, it was easily located.

Liverpool’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Gary Millar said: “Thanks to the dedication of Town Hall staff in locating these items, they can now be returned from the safe keeping of the City of Liverpool to their rightful owners and displayed in the more fitting setting of RAF Woodvale in Formby.

“I am delighted to be handing over these items, which are clearly of value to the Squadron, we even found one the Squadron knew nothing about – The Alan Dickson Trophy.”

Enthusiastic Town Hall staff took on the task of locating the stored items and Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Gary Millar will return of the Squadron Silver of No 611 (West Lancashire) Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force from the safe care of the City of Liverpool.

Items being returned include:

Silver scale model of Spitfire
Silver Bowl engraved ‘Lancashire Rose Flying Trophy’
Silver three handled cup engraved ‘611 Squadron Flying Trophy’
EPNS two handled cup engraved ‘ 611 Squadron Attendance Cup’
Silver Cup engraved ‘611 Squadron Air Firing Trophy
Silver Goblet engraved ‘611 Squadron’
Silver plated scale model of a Meteor Jet Aircraft
Silver Alan Dickson Trophy

All items, including those above, will go on display at RAF Woodvale in Formby in the New Year.