A team of young people from Corby – dubbed Team PLUTO – have been piecing together an important part of the town’s heritage for the past 12 months,
The group has been learning about how Corby men and women helped win the Second World War.
PLUTO is an acronym for Pipe Line Under The Ocean and Corby produced 1,000 miles of flexible steel pipe that after being coiled on a ‘conundrum’ was laid off (in complete secrecy) onto the bed of the English Channel.
PLUTO supplied a million gallons of fuel on a daily basis to 55,000 allied vehicles.
Different groups of young people have travelled to the Isle of Wight, London and around Corby to tell the full story in 10 video podcasts, an exhibition, a model and a song.
The project has been primarily funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund with further support from Tata Steel, RS Components and the Lloyds Bank Community Fund.
On Tuesday, March 29, some members of Team PLUTO presented their model and the exhibition to Billy Dalziel (pictured, centre) at the Corby Heritage Centre.
The centre is running a Second World War exhibition throughout May and June and anyone interested in seeing the work of the young people are welcome to go visit the centre which is open Monday to Friday 1–4pm and 11am-2pm on a Saturday.
In May the podcasts will also be available to view free of charge via the Our Corby Website.
Judy Caine – project manager from HD Media CIC said: “This has been an incredible project to be involved in.
“It’s been amazing to see how much the young people have enjoyed discovering their heritage and how much they have learned during the various research trips and the hard work of creating all the different elements.
“Sincere thanks must go to Gary Pope, a local very talented model-maker, who gave invaluable advice in the creation of the model and to Kate Dyer from Corby Community Arts who made the ideas for the exhibition that the young people came up with a reality.
“The model-making and exhibition teams are really looking forward to seeing the video podcasts that have been created under the watchful eye of HD Media’s Paul Balmer.”