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Eyes to the sky for Spitfire

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By Euan Maxwell
Annan and Eskdale
Eyes to the sky for Spitfire

SPECTATORS were not left disappointed when a Spitfire flew over Dumfries and Galloway this week in tribute to the NHS.

The NHS Spitfire passed over Annan Hospital and Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary on Wednesday afternoon.

The spectacle was part of an NHS charity fundraiser with the historic aircraft bearing a special message thanking the health service for its efforts during the coronavirus pandemic.

There were concerns the event would be cancelled at the last minute due to poor visibility but luckily it was still able to go ahead.

Edward Chadfield and his model plane

And it was a special day for many, including Brydekirk’s Edward Chadfield, above, who brought along a Spitfire model to Annan Hospital to watch.

The 82-year-old has had the remote controlled aircraft – which is one fifth the size of a proper Spitfire – for over two decades.

He said: “My Spitfire model still gets people talking and excited. I thought I should bring it along for this and I’m glad I did as it brought smiles to people’s faces.

“Seeing the Spitfire in person was brilliant and people of all ages were out looking up at the sky. It’s a brilliant tribute to everyone who was worked so hard to help us through this pandemic.”

The fundraising site can be found at

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