Summer fair secures Spitfire flyover

FIRE BIRD A Spitfire in flight.
FIRE BIRD A Spitfire in flight.

It will be eyes to the skies as a Spitfire plane soars over Dewsbury as part of an annual summer fair.

Thornhill Parish Church has secured a Battle of Britain memorial flight Spitfire for the event on Saturday July 12.

The spitfire, reminiscent of a plane from the 1940s, will fly over the church at around 1pm.

Thornhill Parish Church secretary Tony Ridley said: “We were delighted when we learned earlier this year that our request for the fly past was successful.

“To enhance the event we have also managed to acquire two limited edition plates each depicting a Spitfire.”

Both plates will be on sale at an auction on the day.

One of the plates is by Royal Doulton and is titled ‘Spitfire Coming Home’. The other is by Coalport and is titled ‘Dawn Patrol’.

The summer fair, which is one of the biggest social events in the church’s calendar, will also see the Savile Arms pub selling Spitfire Bitter.

Mr Ridley said: “This brand of beer was first brewed by the Shepherd Neame Brewery in Kent.

“It marked the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Britain in 1990 and has been a popular drink ever since.”

The summer fair will take place in the church grounds from 11am to 3pm.