Pilot’s cigarette case is worth more than its weight in gold

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A rare cigarette cake belonging to a Battle of Britain pilot has fetched more than its weight in gold after being unearthed in the town.

The rectangular nine-carrot case fetched £1,200 at auction after coming to a Hansons Auctioneers valuation day.

The piece is inscribed “presented to P/O Norman Taylor DFM by his colleagues and workmates of The Standard Aero Engines of July 1941”.

Valuer, Carol Jones said Norman Taylor was an RAF pilot during the war.

He went on to join Rolls Royce as a test pilot but died aged 27 when his aircraft crashed in Germany. He is honoured on the Battle of Britain memorial in London.

The next valuation day will be held at St Francis of Assissi church hall on May 15.