Few things have come to define Birmingham so powerfully. Indeed, some might say it will go down as one of this city’s greatest achievements.
No, not Benefits Street, I’m talking about that legend of the skies, the Supermarine Spitfire.
An incredible 11,000 of these masterpieces of engineering and design were built on production lines just yards away from my Fort Dunlop desk.
Great news, then, that the Spitfire is finally being remembered in a dedicated gallery at the Thinktank Museum after campaigners raised the necessary funding to get the project airborne.
I’ve long thought the Spitfire deserves greater recognition than a traffic island sculpture and I’m looking forward to the new display opening in April 2015.
Curators are looking for those who built the planes to come forward with their stories and any artifacts which could form part of the displays (email email@example.com).
Another story that caught my eye this week is the announcement that Birmingham Day, a great event at Westminster in October of last year, will take place again next month, giving local manufacturing businesses the chance to show Parliament’s decision-makers we still make great things here.
A dozen firms will be invited to take part and promote themselves on the day and I’m pleased to say the Post will be joining them in London to report on events.
Steve Smith, a genius of bargain retail and the man who launched the mega-successful Poundland chain, made the headlines this week when he announced he will be launching an online store where everything costs... you guessed it... £1.
Few would argue Smith knows a thing or two about budget sales so expect to see shockwaves through the ecommerce world when his new venture gets up and running.
Finally, the announcement that Birmingham’s New Street station has been nominated for a regeneration award at the MIPIM property conference received a mixed response on social media.
Of course it’s fantastic for Birmingham that massive projects such as this are being considered but the scheme has some way to go before being finished - only then will the thousands commuters who pass through each day be able to judge on how successful a regeneration project it has been.
Stacey Barnfield, editor