THE story of how secret Spitfire production continued during World War 2 is to be told in a film being screened in Marlborough this month.

In 1940, the Germans succeed in destroying the Spitfire factories in Southampton, believing they have ended the threat from their nemesis.

But unknown to them, the British decide to build Spitfires in secret.

Rural towns and cities in the south of England became a major centre for manufacturing Spitfires, hidden in sheds, garages, back gardens, a bus depot and even a hotel.

With a workforce mainly made up of unskilled young girls, boys, women, elderly men and a handful of engineers, thousands of Spitfires were built, becoming instrumental in winning the war.

The film charting the accounts of the workers of the time involved in the war effort is to be shown on Friday, July 19, in Marlborough Town Hall.

This story concludes with Vera Lynne reciting a moving poem written by a Spitfire pilot.

Crofton Beam Engines has partnered with Salisbury film producer Ethen Cetintas to show a feature length director’s cut version of The Secret Spitfires.

Following the film there will be a question and answer session with Norman Parker, 90, one of the last Spitfire engineers to have worked on the fighter planes.

Mr Parker was also a technical and historical adviser to the film.

The film starts at 7.30pm and there will be a cash bar and light snacks. Tickets available at £10 on Eventbrite or on the door.