Council spends £2,000 on Amy Johnson souvenirs

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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.