Bassetlaw: Hundreds of veterans enjoy Spitfire flyover at Gamston Airport

Veterans day at Gamston Airport, arrival of the Spitfire aircraft
Veterans day at Gamston Airport, arrival of the Spitfire aircraft

A Spitfire flew over the district last week as part of the annual Bassetlaw Veterans’ Tea Party.

Bassetlaw MP John Mann has organised the event for the past 10 years, which pays tribute to war heroes from our communities.

Veterans day at Gamston Airport, children and staff of St Augustine's Primary School pictured with MP John Mann and Coun Glynn Gilfoyle

Veterans day at Gamston Airport, children and staff of St Augustine's Primary School pictured with MP John Mann and Coun Glynn Gilfoyle

On Friday, September 18, hundreds of veterans turned out at Gamston Airport which included a special air display from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, organised by the RAF.

Mr Mann said: “This year’s event was the best we have ever had – hundreds of people came including nearly 300 Veterans from Bassetlaw.

“It was great to see the Spitfire up close when it landed at the airfield after the display and I know that all those who attended had a fantastic afternoon, especially the schoolchildren who had clearly never seen any aircraft that had fought in the Battle of Britain before.

“It was a fitting tribute to thank those who have given so much to defend and protect our nation and I would like to thank all of those that helped make it possible – local councillors, all the staff at Gamston Airport, Deli & Dine, Mudford Marquees and Occasional Hire.”

Veterans day at Gamston Airport, Alan Harvey

Veterans day at Gamston Airport, Alan Harvey

He added: “The event takes months of organisation and I am already working to arrange next year’s event and I am looking for a suitable venue to top this year’s great success”.

In addition to the flypast, there was also performances from children at St Augustine’s Primary School in Worksop and the Elizabethan Academy in Retford.

The event was supported by councillors and business leaders in Bassetlaw, who provided donations to help support the day.