It has made several flights during the Covid-19 lockdown and now it has a new mission. The company is going to be hand-writing 80,000 names onto the photo-reconnaissance blue Spitfire PL983 ‘L’.
"We need your help though, as the names we would like to add are those of your local heroes," the company website said.
"A kind neighbour, family member on the front line, volunteer PPE producer, or anyone who has helped/inspired you through the Covid-19 pandemic - you can now say thank you to them by nominating their name to go onto the NHS Spitfire."
A statement said: "As you may expect not everything will be open to begin with but this will be under regular review taking account of government guidance, liaison with our stakeholders and customer feedback."
The centres run by Abbeycroft are: Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre and Skyliner: Thurston Sports Education Centre; Mildenhall swimming pool and leisure centre and The Dome; Newmarket Leisure Centre; Sudbury Sports Centre and Kingfisher Leisure Centre; Brandon Leisure Centre; Hadleigh Pool & Leisure and Leisure Centre; East Bergholt Sports Centre; Trumpington Sport, Holbrook Sports Centre and Felixstowe Fitness Studio.
In the East, there was an increase of four deaths in the region's hospitals.
The total number now stands at 4,029.
Luton and Dunstable Hospital: 2
Northampton General Hospital: 1
Southend Hospital: 1
The total number of Covid-19 deaths across the UK now stands at 44,602.
What the papers are saying in Suffolk...
The East Anglian Daily Times reports that East Anglia’s largest independent retail chain has given a new boost to food banks across Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex as fears grow that the economic downturn will hit more families
Community tensions are at risk of "boiling over" after reckless racers returned to the Pinewood area of Ipswich, the Ipswich Star reports
The Suffolk Free Press reports that work is under way to help Hadleigh market expand following a number of years of increasing popularity
The first weekend of pub reopenings after the coronavirus lockdown restrictions were eased was busy for the East of England Ambulance Service with its crews dealing with an increase in calls.
Demand doubled at times between 21:00 on Saturday and 04:00 on Sunday compared with the previous four weeks.
Marcus Bailey, chief operating officer, said: "Thankfully the alcohol-related calls that we could have expected weren't as high as the small increase in calls for assaults but it was still a very busy night."
Train company gets ready for 'increase' in travellers
A train company is getting ready to "welcome back commuters" as it is increasing its timetable from Monday.
Greater Anglia said it has taken additional steps to keep everyone safe including handing out facemasks and installing hand sanitiser dispensers at 20 stations.
Jamie Burles, managing director, said: "We have measures in place to protect staff and passengers such as enhanced cleaning, social distancing markings at stations and free hand sanitiser available at major stations.
"However, at this stage, we are still asking customers only to travel by train where necessary."
Firefighters build memorial garden to lost ambulance workers
A "lasting memory" had been left by firefighters who have been working as ambulance drivers during the coronavirus pandemic.
firefighters enlisted to the East of England Ambulance Service (EEAST) have designed and built a
memorial garden at Luton ambulance station to show their appreciation to their new
workmates and in memory of those who have died of cancer and suicide.
They received help from Bruce Liddle of Newbury Farm Plant in Silsoe, who offered advice and supplied the plants for free.
Mike King, a firefighter, said: “They have made
us feel so welcome and we thought the best way to say thank you was to leave a
lasting memory by building the memorial garden – something they have been
trying to get enough funds together to build for some time."
Simon King, head
of operations at EEAST for Milton Keynes, Bedford and Luton, said it was a "phenomenal gift" and "the garden
itself is magnificent and is a fitting tribute to our much-missed colleagues".
Bank staff stop payment to rogue traders
Staff members at a bank have stopped an elderly woman from withdrawing £7,000 from her bank account to pay for her roof to be fixed.
Suffolk Police said two men tried to convince the woman in Felixstowe that her roof had a hole in it, at about 10:00 on Tuesday.
They drove her to the TSB bank in the town's Hamilton Road to withdraw cash.
Bank staff called the police when they became suspicious, but when they arrived the men had gone.
They are described as white, of medium height and build, with short hair and were driving a white van.
Level crossing cameras to be installed across East
Cameras are being installed at 13 level crossings in the East to catch motorists who do not stop when barriers are coming down.
It is to help Network Rail prosecute drivers who jump the lights across Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire.
Offenders are automatically notified of their offence, and could be sent on an awareness course, fined £100 and given three points on their licence, or prosecuted, it said.
The RLSE cameras are being paid for by Greater Anglia.
Daniel Fisk, from Network Rail, said: "They are clearly visible for people to see as a deterrent."
Upgrade of 'most important' recycling site planned
Suffolk Local Democracy Reporter
A recycling centre needs to be updated to make it "future-proof", a council says.
Suffolk County Council said the Foxhall Recycling Centre on the edge of Ipswich "currently operates under a time-limited planning permission".
Without site improvement, a new permission will not be secured and would result in the loss of the council’s "most important and well-used site”, it said.
The planned upgrade includes a new feeder lane, raised car parking so that people do not need to walk up steps to dispose of waste, and increased capacity for the number of vehicles.
Construction is due to start next year, should be completed by 2023, but costs have not been revealed.
The council said that Foxhall alone receives nearly 12,000 tonnes of recycling waste per year, about 20% of Suffolk’s entire recycling waste.
The consultation runs until 20 July.
Covid-19 deaths in East of England increase by 19
BBC Look East
Nineteen more patients have died in hospital of coronavirus in the East of England, according to the latest daily government figures issued on Tuesday.
The deaths were at the following NHS trusts:
Basildon and Thurrock Hospitals: 2
Bedford Hospital: 11
East and North Herts: 1
East Suffolk and North Essex (Ipswich and Colchester hospitals): 1
Northampton General Hospital: 4
The deaths did not necessarily happen in the previous 24 hours as there are often delays in certifying Covid-19 deaths.
The total number of deaths for the eastern region so far is 3,994.
But for Elizabeth Jerome-Smith, who works in a hospital theatre, lockdown hasn't seen her able to learn new skills such as baking bread.
"This sums up my ‘lockdown’: No baking cakes, no homeschooling, no treasuring unexpected time to make memories with my children, the memories my children will have of lockdown is an exhausted mother with a sore face.
"Covid isn’t over, we are still working long shifts and extra hours like this in hospitals across the country, to look after the ill and injured, and to try and catch up with the backlog of urgent surgical patients that had to be cancelled to make capacity for Covid patients.
"Please don't forget this as lockdown relaxes and you get back to 'normality'. For some of us this is our new normal, so please, wear a mask, keep your distance, stay safe and enjoy the freedom that relaxing lockdown brings, but don’t forget that Covid is still here."
100 days of lockdown...discuss?
It’s 100 days since lockdown started.
What have we learned (eg BBC Newsbeat has been to Telford in Shropshire)? Where are we now? What next for the East of England as lockdown eases?
Musicians to live-stream garden concert after festival cancelled
A free live-streamed concert featuring the first Rasumovsky quartet by Beethoven is to take place on Saturday evening.
The event is being put on by Roman River Music and will take place in the garden of a neighbour of artistic director, Orlando Jopling.
The Roman River Festival usually holds regular concerts throughout the summer in the Colchester, north-east Essex coast and River Stour valley area, but events have had to be cancelled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
It is hoped this will be the first of a series of Roman River live-streams.
Work to start on new seafront eatery for Felixstowe
Work on a new cafe and restaurant on Felixstowe's seafront is due to start this summer.
East Suffolk Council commissioned Barnes Construction to work on the building, which will take about a year to complete. Once finished, it will be known as The Kitchen @ Martello Park and will be run by the Dedham Boathouse Group.
The council's cabinet member for economic development, Craig Rivett, said it was important for Felixstowe to have new facilities as "we hopefully begin to emerge from the coronavirus impact".
The £1.5m project will be jointly funded by the council and the government's Coastal Communities Fund, which was started in
2012 to promote sustainable economic growth and jobs.
Cameron and Claire Marshall, owners of the
Dedham Boathouse Group, said they were "super excited" by the project.
Train company's sunflower scheme to help those with hidden disability
A new train travel scheme is aiming to support people with "hidden" disabilities.
Passengers with learning disabilities will be given sunflower lanyards and ID cards by Greater Anglia staff.
The sunflower initiative is a way of signalling someone may need additional help or more time when travelling.
Paul White, from Hidden Disabilities, said living with a hidden disability "can make daily life more demanding" and the new scheme "helps by discreetly indicating to people that those who choose to wear it, have a hidden disability and may need additional support, help or a little more time".
Greater Anglia’s accessibility manager, Rebecca Richardson, added that the company was committed to "making rail travel accessible for everyone".
Coronavirus: Eight new deaths in the region
The number of people who died in hospital from Covid-19 in the East of England has increased by eight, according to the latest daily government statistics.
The previous day's figures showed 11 new deaths.
The number of new deaths in Thursday's stats, listed by the NHS trust, were:
Southend University Hospital: 4
Basildon and Thurrock Hospitals: 3
Kettering General: 1
The total number of hospital deaths in the region now stands at 3,957, while across the UK it's 43,230.
Homeless people kept 'safe' during lockdown
The number of homeless people given a place to stay by councils during the coronavirus lockdown in Suffolk has reached about 250, with accommodation provided in hotels and bed and breakfasts.
The government has said it is going to extend funding so longer term secure accommodation can be found for everyone.
Nick, who has "sofa-surfed" and been sleeping rough, was given a hotel room by Ipswich Borough Council in April.
He said he had been "safe" and able to talk to family members.
But he said it had not been the same for everyone as "there are still some here who are leaving and do not have anywhere to go".