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'Fly Past' Monument

Junction of Bridge Street & West Street, Leighton Buzzard

This work of art, by David Mayne, was officially unveiled September 2005 and has the title of 'Fly Past'. The monument is approximately 8 feet high and 8 feet wide and the design depicts the heritage of the town to the present day. The centre of the design represents the propeller of a Vimy bomber biplane which were constructed until 1919 at the Morgan & Co. factory at Vimy Road (i.e. the land where the current Tescos supermarket is sited). Surrounding the propeller are a number of disks, each of which carry designs (on both sides), representative of the towns heritage (see photos below). The designs on these disks were the result of workshops with the pupils of Leighton Middle School, the Leighton Buzzard Arts Society and the residents of Tudor Court.

A circular ring of carved paving runs around the base of the monument containing the name of the town at various different points in history.

The work of art was paid for by Tesco Stores Ltd and W. E. Black Ltd.

'Fly Past' Monument
Engraved stone explaining the art work


'Fly Past' Monument - close ups of the disk designs from the front
'Fly Past' Monument - close ups of the disk designs from the rear


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