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Groups meet to discuss project celebrating BRM’s history

From left, Laurence Reilly, Bourne Academy headteacher, David Stocker, committee member for East Midlands Heritage Lottery Fund, James Jones, Bourne Civic Society, Coun David Higgs, mayor of Bourne, Jack Slater, Bourne Preservation Society, Anthony Delaine-Smith, BRM Association and Adrian Smith from Len Pick Trust.

From left, Laurence Reilly, Bourne Academy headteacher, David Stocker, committee member for East Midlands Heritage Lottery Fund, James Jones, Bourne Civic Society, Coun David Higgs, mayor of Bourne, Jack Slater, Bourne Preservation Society, Anthony Delaine-Smith, BRM Association and Adrian Smith from Len Pick Trust.

 

Groups in Bourne met to discuss the great opportunity they have to celebrate the town’s rich motor racing history.

Bourne Academy hosted the talk yesterday evening (Monday) with members of the BRM Association and Bourne Civic Society, who are all working together to launch an exciting project to create a lasting tribute to British Racing Motors.

Thanks to a £4,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and £1,000 from the Len Pick Trust, the groups are set to launch a BRM trail in the town and provide new leaflets for visitors and future generations for years to come.

Children at schools in Bourne will have the chance enter a competition in September to have their own designs displayed on plaques which will be placed throughout the town as part of the trail.

Pupils will also begin interviewing former BRM staff to create a film to be shown at Baldock’s Mill.

Speaking at the meeting, Bourne Academy business studies instructor Sally Sutcliffe, who came up with the idea to apply for Heritage Lottery Funding for the project, said: “It’s such an exciting project for us and the town.

“We asked if the BRM Association members would like to help us with our idea and they said they would be more than happy too.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to celebrate history and the children are very excited to be a part of it.

“We’re very grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund and Len Pick Trust for funding the project.

“It’s been nice to be able to thank them here tonight.”

Bourne has a strong BRM history and in October 2012, a day was held to celebrate the town’s connection to the racing industry and to mark 50 years since the Formula 1 World Championship was won by BRM with driver Graham Hill.

The day brought hundreds of visitors to the town and raised thousands of pounds for charity.

A racing car built by BRM, a 1965 P261 in which F1 legend Sir Jackie Stewart won two grand prix titles, was on display for guests to see at yesterday’s meeting.

Anthony Delaine-Smith, who is a founding member of the BRM Association, said: “I think it’s an amazing opportunity to raise awareness of BRM and the town’s motoring heritage.

“It’s great for younger generations to learn about its history and it’s important that it’s never forgotten.”

 

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