Spitfire flypast planned for Rothwell Armed Forces Day celebrations

One of the world’s most famous aircraft will fly over Rothwell as part of the town’s Armed Forces Day celebrations.

An iconic Spitfire – which played a vital role in defending the UK from Luftwaffe air attacks in the 1940s Battle of Britain – will travel to Northamptonshire for a flypast on June 26.

It will fly over Rothwell at some point between noon and 5pm after Cllr Karl Sumpter, who is a member of the town’s branch of the Royal British Legion, requested a Royal Air Force presence at the event.

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A Spitfire will fly over Rothwell

He said: “This is the first major event since the establishment of the Rothwell RBL branch, which was dissolved in 1966 until we started it up again last year.

“We’re going to have a little party.”

The 1940s event, which will bring together veterans, will see military vehicles, costumes, 1940s music and cadets in the city.

There will be an egg and spoon race, a veterans picnic starting at noon and the Red Lion in Market Hill will have a ‘bar in a bunker’.

In the evening there will be a disco on the market place.

It will be all eyes to the sky in the afternoon when the Spitfire flies over the town – and Cllr Sumpter said there may be other aircraft on display.

He said: “Because we are quite close to Sywell, they will also fly anything that flies in our area.”

More Spitfires have been built than any other British combat aircraft before or since World War II – 20,341 in total.