Lancaster Bomber and Supermarine Spitfire to fly over Wiltshire

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Lancaster Bomber and Supermarine Spitfire WW2  planes to fly over Swindon
Lancaster Bomber and Supermarine Spitfire WW2 planes to fly over Swindon

Two iconic planes used by British forces during World War II will be flying over Swindon in the next month.

The first, a Lancaster Bomber, will be flying past the town on June 2 as part of Haydon Wick Parish Council's 'The Big Haydon Wick Jubilee Lunch.'

The announcement on the council's Facebook page says: "We are super excited to announce that as part of The Big Haydon Wick Jubilee Lunch, we will have a very special visitor - a flypast from a Lancaster Bomber to mark the occasion!"

Swindon Advertiser: Photo: Haydon Wick Parish Council
Swindon Advertiser: Photo: Haydon Wick Parish Council

Photo: Haydon Wick Parish Council

The second, a Supermarine Spitfire, will be taking part in an RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight as part of the Wiltshire Steam and Vintage Rally at Lydiard Park on June 11 and 12.

The Wiltshire Agricultural Preservation Group, which is running the West Swindon event, said it was thrilled to have the airbourne visitor given the significance of Lydiard Park's role during WW2.

It said: "We are very excited to announce that the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will be providing a Spitfire flypast at this years Wiltshire Steam & Vintage Rally at Lydiard Park, 11th & 12th June.

"Lydiard Park played a vital role during WW2, including as a station hospital for the 101st Airborne Division, so it is fitting that we are able to add this treasured visitor to our list of exhibits."

Swindon Advertiser: A Spitfire takes to the skies over Biggin Hill Airfield in Kent to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Hardest Day.  Picture: Gareth Fuller/PA
Swindon Advertiser: A Spitfire takes to the skies over Biggin Hill Airfield in Kent to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Hardest Day. Picture: Gareth Fuller/PA

Both events offer other entertainment as well as the visit from the iconic airplanes.

The Haydon Wick Jubilee Lunch will run from June 2 12pm to 5pm on the King George V Playing Field and is completely free of charge to anyone.

It will have free youth football sessions/lessons/workshops and free drama workshops, as well as face painters, a fancy dress competition, bands and a stage, an inflatable funfair, street food (plus a bar and BBQ), bespoke craft stalls and more.

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The Wiltshire Steam and Vintage Rally takes place on June 11 and 2 and will cost £10 an adult and £8 for concession with U16s free and free parking.

There will be over 500 exhibits there including working demonstrations, a Steam light railway, a fairground and trade and market stalls.

For more information on that please viist the WAPG website - http://www.wapg.co.uk

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