A COUNCIL has spent around £2,000 on Amy Johnson memorabilia ahead of a festival next year commemorating the 75th anniversary of the aviatrix’s death.
Route maps of the North Atlantic and France, as well as a leather map case by French luxury goods maker Hermès, monogrammed with her married initials ‘AM’ (Amy Mollison) were bought at auction in London.
East Riding Council also acquired a recording of a speech she made in Australia, lantern plates and photgraphs of her husband Jim Mollison. They will be added to a collection at Sewerby Hall, near Bridlington, which Johnson opened on June 1 1936, and which will be taking part in the festival. The daughter of a Hull fish merchant and trawler owner, Johnson was the first woman to fly solo from Britain to Australia in 1930 aged just 26; two years before Amelia Earhart crossed the Atlantic alone.