IN what can only be described as a disheartening week the appearance of a historic Second World War spitfire was a real boost for many. It’s impressive that an 80 year old plane could have such an uplifting affect. But then it was the iconic aircraft of the Battle of Britain and it’s been helping the country through it’s latest trials. It came after huge disappointment last week when low cloud prevented the blue Spitfire PL983 ‘L’ from flying across hospitals in the North East and North Yorkshire as part of its nationwide trip. But this week it returned thanks to bright blue skies to complete the task and delighted countless people.

With it’s special ‘THANK U NHS’ painted on the underside of the wings the plane which is owned by the Aircraft Restoration Company has not only been lifting spirits. It’s been raising money for the NHS charity, inviting people to nominate the names of loved ones to be written on the plane, with an 80,000 name capacity. And so far over £91,000 had been raised.

John Romain, founder and managing director of the Aircraft Restoration Company, said they had originally flown the spitfire on the last 8pm clapforcarers Thursday and had a huge response so decided to carry it on.

The company says the aim is to lift people's spirits , whilst also thanking the hospitals, communities and individuals who have been at the forefront of getting the country through the pandemic.This Spitfire was built for photo-reconnaissance during the Second World War and is one of only around 60 left of the 20,000 built. This week it’s trip around the north provided the kind of boost so often delivered in the past by the sight of a Spitfire. Go to