B&FC students’ First World War centenary projects to commemorate Remembrance Day
Published on 18/12/2018 by pfi
Blackpool and The Fylde College (B&FC) engineering students created a fitting memorial to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.
The replica of the British First World War tank – the Mark IV – was commissioned by David Baxter from the Fleetwood Festival of Transport.
The brief involved taking the original model - built by Rey Stott and former B&FC Engineering students – and refurbishing it as a commemorative piece for the port’s Final Homecoming event, recognising 100 years since the end of the conflict.
B&FC staff Gavin Tyrell and Keith Ingham worked with new students adapting the original structure with enhanced detail and features. It was also repainted in B&FC’s industry-standard vehicle spray booths in the College’s Advanced Technology Centre. The model was then put on display in the Final Homecoming marquee at Fleetwood’s Marine Hall Gardens throughout the weekend.
Adam Plummer, Curriculum Leader in Engineering at B&FC, said:
“We were delighted to be asked to work on this project to help commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War.
“Our further education and degree students have all enjoyed working on the model and learning more about engineering techniques used at the time, many of which are still relevant today.
“We look forward to our continued involvement with this extremely important project.”
Following Monday’s Final Homecoming parade, the tank will take its place at Fleetwood Market, on permanent display. B&FC students will continue to work on the model to make the display more interactive and add sound and lighting effects.
Cllr Lynne Bowen, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Health and Community Engagement at Wyre Council said:
“Wyre Council was delighted to receive this excellent piece of engineering. The scaled model is extremely authentic and the students’ skills are of the highest calibre.
“We would very much like to continue a working partnership with Blackpool and The Fylde College, and along with local resident David Baxter, there are already some exciting ideas for next year.”
Sport and Public Services students also organised a Blackpool to The Somme bike-a-thon at Bispham Campus to raise money for the Royal British Legion.
Catering students created commemorative cupcakes to support the challenge and raise additional funds.
The project secured more than £500, which will be split between the British Legion and placing a B&FC commemorative bench in the Fylde Memorial Arboretum & Community Woodland in Bispham.
As part of the project, a commemorative video was created with students and staff thanking all those who gave their lives to protect the freedoms we hold dear today. The video can be viewed at