AN EVENT marking the 80th anniversary of a tragic Spitfire crash will be held in Stratton at 12pm on Saturday.

Sergeant Norman Barbeau from Toronto in Canada died when his plane went down at the junction of Ermin Street and Church Street in December 1941.

Stratton St Margaret Parish Council will host an event to mark 80 years since the crash and unveil the parish's first historical blue plaque.

The event will be held at the tree on the junction of Ermin Street and Church Street from midday.

North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson, Mayor Garry Perkins, Coun Roger Smith, Sgt Barbeau's relative Susan Kidd, and Lt Col Chris Barnard from the Canadian High Commission will be attending the solemn ceremony.

Buglers will play the Last Post and a minute of silence will follow before Rev Elveen Meed from St Margaret's Church says a few words of reflection.

Guests will be invited to refreshments at The Wheatsheaf after the event courtesy of Arkells Brewery.