Ringtail in the community

HMS Ringtail in the community

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Before the HMS Ringtail monument was erected back in 2004 very few people knew anything about what it was all about, some thought it was an RAF Station.

One thing is for sure that the former Naval Air Station is now a big part of the local community and much is known about it further afield. The history and heritage of it has the advantage of increasing awareness. Lots of new information and pictures /stories are turning up now, so much so that aviation artwork is in the town and so much more as well at that. 


Armistice Day Ceremony  11th of November

At HMS Ringtail Monument located off the Pippin Street Roundabout B5242 Burscough. The short ceremony starts at 10.45am. Everyone welcome – refreshments afterwards in Bull and Dog inn.  Further details from
Lawrence Critchley                         01695 576978             – LolCritchley@aol.com  –  (Lathom and Burscough Military Heritage Society).


below those who laid wreaths 



This page gives an insight into how the history and Heritage of Royal Naval Air Station Burscough has developed in our locality. 

When HMS Ringtail closed in 1946 the officers of the air station had a trophy cast and presented it to Ormrkirk Golf Club in thanks for letting them use the clubs facilities.

The HMS Ringtail Trophy is  still played for each year at the club

In 1941 the then Lordsgate Primary School was demolished to build the air station , for some years the school existed in Nissan huts. In later Years the Royal Navy paid for the construction of a new school at its present location. In 2007 the Fleet Air arm Association Greater Manchester Branch donated a trophy  to the school. Each year the HMS Ringtail Trophy is presented to a pupil.

Lawrence Critchley (back middle) gave a talk to pupils about the schools historic  links to HMS Ringtail


November 11th 2012 

Shawn Flood and Amy Harrrison from Lordsgate school 

lay a wreath from their school at the Armistice day  ceremony held at the monument 

Tiles on the floor at Lordsgate School reflect the historic link with the Fleet Air Arm

November the first  2012

Lawrence Gives a talk on HMS Ringtail  to the 48 th Southport AIr Scouts 

and donates some built models as well 


Ringtail Bitter is now brewed in the Hop Vine Burscough

Aircraft art work in Burscough Town

Tailfin metal sculptures on the roundabout Pippin Street Burscough

Logo of proposed Ringtail Retail Park Burscough close to monument 

Plans for new Booths Supermarket on Ringtail Retail Park

The building has been designed to resemble a WW2 Hangar to link in with the heritage of the retail parks location on part of the former air station.

Annual ceremony 11 th November at HMS Ringtail Monument

Dedication of HMS Ringtail Monument 2004 

Swordfish Business park  built on site of  former HMS Ringtail


HMS Ringtail stand at a local Military Heritage Day 2012


Derrick Fielding’s artwork that can been seen below the stairway ground floor  at Burscough Wharf showing Images of Burscough – HMS Ringtail.

Check out his Facebook page and website links below…