Macdonald Inchyra Hotel & Spa by Polmont in Stirlingshire, last week proudly hosted a reception to mark the unveiling of a full-size replica Spitfire as a memorial to 71 pilots killed on training flights in the area during the Second World War.

Around 200 cadets from the 133 (Grangemouth Spitfire) Squadron Air Training Corps and a host of veterans were in attendance at the reception partnered by the hotel.  Special guests included 100-year-old former aircraft mechanic John 'Dinger' Bell who opened the memorial in a public garden in nearby Grangemouth.

During World War II, the original building of the four-star Macdonald Inchyra Hotel & Spa, part of Macdonald Hotels & Resorts was used to house officers and the Women in the Airforce (WAF) while stationed at the nearby Grangemouth airfield.  This base helped train fighter pilots, including pilots for Spitfires.

Seventy years later, Macdonald Inchyra Hotel & Spa is renowned for its exceptional hospitality, business and conference facilities.

Yesterday's reception was hosted in The Inchyra Suite, one the largest (750 capacity) conference rooms in Scotland. 

Brett Ingle, General Manager of Macdonald Inchyra Hotel & Spa commented; "We were incredibly proud to partner such an event which is closely linked to our own history.  To meet John and the dignitaries who attended this event was a fetching tribute to such a special memorial". 

For information and booking go to www.MacdonaldHotels.co.uk/Inchyra