Planes at Flixton museum to feature on new set of collectible tea cards

Kevin Warden from the East of England Co-op, Rob Butterworth from Butterworth and Sons tea and artis

Kevin Warden from the East of England Co-op, Rob Butterworth from Butterworth and Sons tea and artist Geoff Pleasance at Flixton Air Museum - Credit: Anglia Picture Agency

Planes seen in the skies of East Anglia are to feature on a special new set of tea cards.

Suffolk-based tea company Butterworth and Son revived the tradition of including collectable cards in their boxes of tea last year.

And now, planes housed at the Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum at Flixton are among the stars for the latest collection.

An English Electric Canberra, a Whirlwind helicopter and a Gloster Meteor all feature on the new set of 25 cards available in Butterworth and Son’s ‘Suffolk Special Blend’ and ‘English Breakfast Blend’ at the East of England Co-op.

They are the second part of Airborne over East Anglia collection of cards and will be in boxes of the tea until May 2017, depicting scenes from 1940 onwards.

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The cards were commissioned by Rob Butterworth Senior, who has a collection of thousands of tea cards and were painted by Suffolk artist Geoff Pleasance.

Mr Pleasance said: “The whole collection has been designed to illustrate the history of aviation in the east of England with last year’s collection starting with a card featuring a hot air balloon flight in 1785.

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“This new collection goes from the Second World War right up to the present day.”

And to celebrate the new cards, a launch was held at the Flixton museum on Wednesday.

Museum chairman Ian Hancock said: “It’s very interesting and let’s hope it takes off.

“I remember the old days of the Brooke Bond tea cards and we’re delighted to be involved in this exciting new promotion.”

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