Spitfire set for Pleasley fly-by

Supermarine Spitfire MkVb
Supermarine Spitfire MkVb

A legendary war plane is set to swoop on Pleasley Pit Country Park next weekend for a special historical event.

The Friends of Pleasley Pit have arranged for a Spitfire to make the fly-by during their open weekend.

Running from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th September, and with free entry, people are being invited to look inside the pit and learn about its history from displays of historic photographs, documents, miners lamps and related memorabilia.

There will also be nature study displays and activities, music from the Pleasley COlliery Band, refreshments, a children’s funfair, a bouncy castle and a slide, a raffle, tombola and various stalls.

The undoubted highlight will be the fly-by on the Sunday from the Spitfire, which forms part of of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

However, it will be weather permitting.

Only 53 airworthy RAF Spitfires - which helped win the Battle of Britain in 1940- are airworthy today.